Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges in the hot seat

Oh oh. It looks like the tables have turned for the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, the group in charge of reviewing whether schools and colleges have good practices in place to make sure students have a fruitful educational experience. Now it turns out the U.S. Department of Education notified the commission on Wednesday that it is out of compliance in several areas related to its sanctioning of City College of San Francisco.

The accreditation commission voted recently to strip City College of San Francisco of its accreditation. It also decided to put Hartnell College on probation, the second time in six years to do so.

According to a letter from the U.S. Department of Education, the commission must take “immediate steps” to avert the suspension or termination of its federal recognition as an accrediting body, according to a report in Inside Higher Ed.

It is unclear what this letter means for City College of San Francisco, and even muddier what it means for Hartnell. We should find out...

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