Report 2013-123 Recommendation 6 Responses

Report 2013-123: California Community College Accreditation: Colleges Are Treated Inconsistently and Opportunities Exist for Improvement in the Accreditation Process (Release Date: June 2014)

Recommendation #6 To: Community Colleges Chancellor's Office

To allow colleges flexibility in choosing an accreditor, the chancellor's office should remove language from its regulations naming the commission as the sole accreditor of California community colleges while maintaining the requirement that community colleges be accredited.

Agency Response*

On January 20, 2015, the California Community Colleges Board of Governors approved changes to section 51016, of title 5, of the California Code of Regulations, removing the explicit reference to ACCJC. This change was intended to give the California Community College system greater flexibility in selecting an accreditor. The regulations require that an accreditor be recommended by the Chancellor and approved by the Board of Governors. Further, the regulations dictate that any accreditor must be recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education. The regulatory change was subsequently approved by the Department of Finance and is now in effect.

  • Response Type†: 1-Year
  • Completion Date: June 2015
  • Response Date: June 2015

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Fully Implemented


Agency Response*

On January 20, 2015, the California Community Colleges Board of Governors approved changes to section 51016, of title 5, of the California Code of Regulations, removing the explicit reference to ACCJC. This change was intended to give the California Community College system greater flexibility in selecting an accreditor. The regulations require that an accreditor be recommended by the Chancellor and approved by the Board of Governors. Further, the regulations dictate that any accreditor must be recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education. The regulatory change will take effect once approval is received by the Department of Finance.

  • Response Type†: 6-Month
  • Completion Date: January 2015
  • Response Date: January 2015

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Partially Implemented

As noted above, the Board of Governors approved regulations that removed the explicit reference to the accrediting commission; however, those regulations are pending approval from the Department of Finance.

  • Auditee did not address all aspects of the recommendation

Agency Response*

The Chancellor's Office is in the process of conducting legal and policy analysis related to this recommendation. In addition, the Chancellor's Office will also seek input from the colleges about this proposal. Based on this research and input, the Chancellor's Office will determine an appropriate course of action.

  • Response Type†: 60-Day
  • Estimated Completion Date: TBD
  • Response Date: September 2014

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Pending


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†Response Type refers to the interval in which the auditee is providing the State Auditor with their status in implementing recommendations made in an audit report. Auditees must submit a response regarding their progress in implementing recommendations from our reports at three intervals from the release of the report: 60 days, six months, and one year or subsequent to one year.

*Agency responses received after June 2013 are posted verbatim.


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