A Conspiracy on Accreditation Matters at Coast Community Colleges?
Guest Editorial by a Coast Community College Insider
Community Colleges like all institutions of higher learning must be accredited by a regional accrediting body. Without Accreditation, the degrees of a college become worthless and students have are not able to transfer their coursework to other institutions. Accreditation is completed through a peer-review process. Sadly, this process community colleges is in need of reform, as the community college accreditor in California, described below, has become under the heavy influence of District chief executives and other senior managers, minimizing the views of faculty members, staff and in students within the peer review process. Coast Community College District, and other entities throughout the process, have fallen victim to this slanted, biased process that is used not to promote the ideals of higher education, but instead to be wielded as a tool to enhance the power and prestige of senior community college managers across the state, at the expense of students, faculty, staff, and their respective communities. Continue reading