California’s Community College system is planning to shop around for a new accrediting agency to evaluate its 113 campuses.
The CCC Board of Governors voted this week to approve a report that gives the system authority to investigate other ways its two-year institutions can be accredited.
The Accrediting Commission of Community and Junior Colleges has been evaluating most community colleges in the state -- giving them a pass or fail grade, based on how they’re operating and serving students.
However, state community college officials say there is now substantial evidence the agency has not been playing by the rules -- for example, not putting enough faculty members on evaluation teams and not being transparent with its decision-making.
ACCJC was placed under intense scrutiny two years ago after the commission stripped accreditation of the City College of San Francisco because of what it considered chronic governance and leadership problems.