August 21, 2013, Sacramento—With strong bipartisan support, the Joint Legislative Audit Committee (JLAC) today approved Senators Beall and Nielsen's request for the Bureau of State Audits to audit the accreditation process at three California community colleges.
Senator Nielsen in particular made a strong opening statement regarding the problems with the Accrediting Commission for California Community Colleges (ACCJC):
"Senator Beall and I met with President Barbara Beno in my office. In all my career, in my thousands of meetings with agency individuals -- representatives, secretaries, etc. -- I have never dealt with a more arrogant, condescending and dismissive individual...."
Dr. Frank Gorrick, an ACCJC commissioner, and Krista Johns, ACCJC vice president of policy and research, appeared to testify in opposition. Their arguments against the audit focused on the fact that the USDOE investigation/ review should suffice. The Chancellor's office did not testify. The CFT, California Community College Independents, California Teachers Association and Faculty Association of California Community Colleges all testified in support.
The final vote, 10 - 1, with three abstentions, was as follows:
* Y (Yes); A (Absent or Abstain); N (No)