Community College Students At The Los Angeles Community Colleges
Community colleges in California help students transfer to universities, enter the labor force, and/or promote within their current field of occupation. One of the greatest threats community colleges in the state encounter is losing their accreditation from the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC). The ACCJC is one of several accrediting agencies in the US that strives to hold community colleges accountable by periodically assessing and accrediting them. After working for the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD), I understand how community college leaders must resolve sanctions and warnings issued by the ACCJC as soon as possible.
Figure 1 reveals the process of community colleges must follow in order to become accredited by the ACCJC. According to the Commission’s June 2014 memorandum, colleges are required to maintain the following four standards at all times in order keep their accreditation (ACCJC, 2014):
1) Mission, Academic Quality and Institutional Effectiveness, and integrity. The goal of this standard is to encourage colleges to identify their purpose and objectives. Schools that implement this standard will be better able to develop academic goals for their students and evaluate how well pupils are learning using data.
2) Student Learning Programs and Support Services. The purpose of the standard is to minimize the impact economic and social needs have on college students. For example, two…