Calif. 2-Year-College Board Votes to Find New Accreditor

March 22, 2016

The California Community Colleges Board of Governors voted Monday to find a new accreditor for the system's 113 two-year institutions.

The board passed a resolution that encourages the chancellor to pursue finding a new accreditation process and structure, but also to improve the existing processes and culture of the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges. The move would involve aligning all the colleges in the Western region, including Hawaii and the Pacific Islands.

"This change in accreditation, though it may take several years to implement, makes sense given that our colleges will start offering the bachelor's degree and because our state's four-year institutions are increasingly reliant on transfers from community colleges," said Geoffrey L. Baum, the board's president, in a statement. "During this transition, an improved ACCJC will continue to serve California community colleges."

The resolution calls for immediate changes to ACCJC including enhanced financial transparency, reformed governance and leadership, and better communication with colleges.

California's community colleges have been on the path to reforming the controversial ACCJC, or moving to a new accreditor, since the agency sanctioned City College of San Francisco in 2012. Last week, presidents and district chancellors within the system voted to pursue the dual approach of seeking new accreditation options while changing ACCJC.

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