August 28, 2015—Today the Community College Chancellor released his long awaited Accreditation Task Force report, and the news was not good for the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC). Bottom line: the task force, a blue ribbon group representing faculty, administrators, elected officials and other stakeholders, is recommending that the ACCJC be replaced by another accrediting agency.
Under fire ever since the CFT filed a complaint with the US Department of Education in 2 013, the private, taxpayer funded agency, through its president, Barbara Beno, and its Chair, Steven Kinsella, has insisted that the way it conducts the important work of accreditation is the only way it can be done. This blanket attitude has lost its ability to withstand scrutiny as one hole after another has appeared in the ACCJC’s arguments through the publicity earned in street demonstrations by students and faculty, court cases, audits, legislative hearings and the ACCJC’s leaders’ own contradictory actions and words.
The task force found:
While the Chancellor is to be commended for releasing this report, he has been quoted as saying the process of transitioning to a new accreditor may take as long as ten years. This is not an acceptable timeline. It underscores the importance of passage of Phil Ting’s AB 1397, which is now on the Senate floor awaiting a vote.
More on Accreditation Task Force Report:
"Report Urges New Accreditor for California’s Community Colleges," The Chronicle of Higher Education, August 31, 2015