2013-08-13 23:03:56

ACCJC Threatened With Possible Withdrawal of Federal Recognition

In an unexpected turn of events, the U.S. Department of Education is threatening to “limit, suspend or terminate” federal recognition of the accrediting commission that has threatened to shut down City College of San Francisco next June.

In a six page letter to Barbara Beno, president of the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC), the Department of Education said that the commission needed to take “immediate action” to correct several areas of non-compliance with federal regulations. The letter came in response to a 200-page complaint filed by California Federation of Teachers over how the Commission handled the accreditation review of City College. The Commission has ordered City College closed unless responds more fully to a series of concerns. The California Federation of Teachers represents the faculty and other staff at City College,

In its response to the complaint, federal officials found that several aspects of the commission’s accreditation review process did not meet the U.S. Secretary of Education’s criteria for providing recognition to an accrediting commission. ”We have determined that in order to avoid initiation of an action to limit, suspend or terminate ACCJC’s recognition, ACCJC must take immediate steps to correct the areas of non-comopliance identified in this letter,” the letter signed by Kay Gilcher, director of the U.S. Department of Education’s Accreditation Group, concluded.

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