Saturday, February 16, 2013

Cuesta College on least-severe level of sanction by ACCJC

Superintendent and President Gilbert H. Stork had good news this week about Cuesta College accreditation status. According to Stork, the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) has removed Cuesta College from a show-cause status. The school has been placed on warning, which, according to Stork, is the least severe level of sanction.
“In its Feb. 11 letter, the commission found that Cuesta fully resolved the deficiencies identified last year, with the exception of one -- completing an integrated planning process. The commission added that Cuesta seems poised to demonstrate that it will fully resolve that remaining issue in the next few months.”
What this means for students like me is that, according to Stork:
  • Cuesta remains accredited.
  • Classes will still transfer. 
  • Students can get degrees and certificates. 
  • Financial aid remains safe.
Stork added, “Cuesta must next complete a follow-up report and submit it by mid-October to the ACCJC. An evaluation team will visit in the fall. The commission will meet in January of 2014 to decide whether sanctions will be lifted.”

ACCJC is the regional accrediting agency that evaluates two-year colleges in California. Stork invited students to view Cuesta College’s accreditation web page to see official communications from the commission and evidence of the progress Cuesta has made toward satisfying ACCJC’s standards.

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