Martin Hittelman, president of the California Federation of Teachers from 2006 to 2010, claims that ACCJC
has sanctioned a disproportionate number of schools compared to other accreditors.
Ewell, vice president of the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS), the legal imbroglio surrounding CCSF and ACCJC
is a sign of how difficult it can be for accrediting agencies to effect change at the institutions they monitor, due to "contrary legal action.
In 2006, City College received full accreditation from ACCJC
without any sanctions, says Killikelly.
Boggs is well-versed in accreditation issues, having been a member and former chair of the ACCJC
while serving as superintendent/president of Palomar College in California.
According to Drummond's office, ACCJC
found a "dysfunctional governing board" and "continued inadequacy of administrative staff," among other things, at the beleaguered college, prompting the derision to revoke its accreditation.
Guides institutions or evaluation teams on the preparation of a self-study report or evaluation based on ACCJC
(Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges) 2002 standards.
Last June, ACCJC
told the college to better manage its finances, show proof that courses were of high enough quality to lead to an associate of art's degree, and recruit more board members.
Only Hawaii Community College escaped the sanction; however, like the others, it must submit a progress report to the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges by April 1, because it "did not demonstrate that it had developed and implemented an integrated program review system that leads to institutional improvement," according to a letter from the ACCJC
to HCC's chancellor.
The guide is divided into five parts that discuss the standards of the ACCJC
It begins with an introduction, which states that institutional accreditation by the ACCJC
is a voluntary, nongovernmental process involving institutional self-study and professional peer review.
Some of these contextual issues will have clear implications for change in existing ACCJC
standards and practices.