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Agency Targeting Community Colleges Is Under Federal Pressure
By Louis Freedberg, EdSource Today via New America Media
The commission that accredits California’s community colleges, and has ordered City College of San Francisco to prepare for possible closure, has come under pressure from the federal government to make sure that the colleges under its jurisdiction comply in a timely way with the deficiencies it identifies.
If it does not, the commission risks losing its federal “recognition” as a legitimate accrediting agency – which it almost did five years ago when it reapplied for a renewal of its status from the U.S. Department of Education.
The pressures from Washington are being felt in local communities across California, where colleges are seeking renewal of their accreditation. They highlight an ongoing debate over whether the nation’s traditional self-policing system of accreditation – essentially by commissions established by colleges themselves – is the best way to ensure higher education quality and accountability.
Read the complete story at New America Media.
Ocean Campus, one of a dozen locations of San Francisco City College, which is facing “show cause,” the highest level of sanctions that the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges can impose. Creative Commons image by Flickr user Alan Cordova
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