Explore Alternatives for Evaluating and Accrediting California's Community Colleges

Spring
2006
Resolution Number: 
02.03
Contact: 
Assigned to : 
Category: 
Accreditation
Status: 
Found Not Feasible

Whereas, Systemwide unhappiness with the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) has been expressed by the Chief Instructional Officers (CCCCIO), by members of the Board of Governors, by the Faculty Association for California Community Colleges (FACCC), by resolution at the March 2006 conference of the California Federation of Teachers (CFT), and by many resolutions of the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges;

Whereas, Even though the vast majority of the ACCJC's duties are bound up with California's community college system (CFT suggests over 99%), the ACCJC, a private organization, fails to respect the position of the System Office or to confer with the Academic Senate on academic and professional matters; and

Whereas, The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the ACCJC are the only regional accreditors whose standards separate community colleges from universities, a decision which runs contrary to California's trilateral system of postsecondary education and governance;

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges support the California Federation of Teachers and other segmental and intersegmental bodies who have expressed their dissatisfaction with the ACCJC and, in the words of the CFT resolution, "investigate possible alternatives for evaluating and accrediting the state's community colleges."MSC Disposition: Local Senates

Summary: 
Support the California Federation of Teachers and other segmental and intersegmental bodies who have expressed their dissatisfaction with the ACCJC and, in the words of the CFT resolution, "investigate possible alternatives for evaluating and accrediting the state's community colleges."
Status Report: 

Found Not Feasible. The committee investigated potential alternatives; none were realistic particularly in light of the federal pressure to take over all accreditation.