Task Force: Community College Accreditor Should be Dropped

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California community college task force is recommending the system’s Board of Governors drop its regional accrediting agency after consistently failing to address calls for reform.

The task force found the agency charged with accrediting California’s 113 community colleges has failed to focus on improving learning and academic achievement and issued far more sanctions than other accreditors.

Colleges must be accredited to participate in student federal aid programs.

The task force comprised of administrators, faculty, trustees and other community college leaders say they’ve concluded the Accreditation Commission for Community and Junior Colleges should be replaced.

San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera praised the task force’s report Friday, saying it offered vindication. Herrera sued the commission in 2013 to stop the agency from revoking the City College of San Francisco’s accreditation.