Our union, in conjunction with the California Federation of Teachers, has filed a new complaint with the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) regarding the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges’ continuing “…violations of federal requirements,” indicating “it lacks the capacity, competence and knowledge to serve as a recognized reliable accreditor.” The complaint alleges that “ACCJC’s procedures, policies and actions […] adversely affect all California community colleges accredited by the ACCJC… threatening the opportunities of hundreds of thousands of students to continue their education at California community colleges.”
Our earlier complaint, filed in April 2013, resulted in a ruling from the USDOE demanding the ACCJC come into compliance with 15 violated accrediting standards. Since that time the ACCJC has faced lawsuits, a highly critical report from the state’s Joint Legislative Audit Committee, and legislation attempting to make the opaque agency’s decision-making more transparent. Closing arguments in the San Francisco City Attorney’s suit against the ACCJC were heard Dec. 9th; a ruling is expected in January.
Even so, the ACCJC has continued to violate various accrediting regulations, as detailed in this latest complaint. Access the new Dec 2014 complaint here.