Whereas, The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges supported a change to Title 5 regulations on Accreditation in Resolution 2.01 S14 that would remove the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior College’s on accrediting California’s community colleges;
Whereas, The Board of Governors will consider at its November 17, 2014 meeting, a change in Title 5 regulation §51016, which will allow the Board of Governors, at the recommendation of the Chancellor, to specify accreditors other than the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) as an accreditor for California’s community colleges;
Whereas, The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools accredits colleges in Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, West Virginia, and Wisconsin; and the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities accredits colleges in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington; and
Whereas, The ACCJC is currently under a condition that is the equivalent of “show cause” why they should not lose their accreditation ability by the U.S. Department of Education;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges bring to the next Consultation Council meeting a proposal to reach out to the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities to determine their interest in accrediting community colleges in California.
MSR: Referred to the Executive Committee to clarify and bring back to the body by Spring 2015.