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COS could lose its accreditation

COS could lose its accreditation

The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, has ordered COS to show cause in order to reaffirm its accreditation. This is the severest sanction the ACCJC can issue.

COS officials said they were disappointed by the accreditation results and are taking the matter very seriously. COS will take all necessary actions to reaffirm full accreditation.

COS Superintendent/President Stan Carrizosa will appoint an Accreditation Task Force of faculty, staff and student representatives to begin immediately addressing all of the ACCJC recommendations. The task force will work in collaboration with senior management and Academic Senate and directly with all faculty and employees. Carrizosa also will assemble an Accreditation Community Advisory Committee to engage community members in the process and to keep our community regularly informed of our progress.

“This is the most serious sanction we could receive and will require the entire college and community working together to respond quickly, decisively and clearly to save our college,” Carrizosa said to all faculty and staff in an email.

COS received its accreditation results last week and shared those results at an open forum with students, faculty and staff. The forum was also open to the public. You can view the forum on the COS web site: http://www.cos.edu/Pages/default.aspx

The accrediting commission issued  three commendations and seven recommendations. It was determined in five of the seven recommendations, COS does not meet the accreditation standards. The commission noted that COS was put on warning six years ago for these same issues. During its October 2012 visit, the visiting accreditation team confirmed no sustained progress and COS is substantially noncompliant in critical areas of institutional planning, efficiency and effectiveness.

COS has until October 2013 to show cause for why it should continue as an accredited institution by correcting all areas of noncompliance. Failure to achieve this compliance will result in the ACCJC revoking accreditation subjecting the college to closure.

The show-cause sanction not only requires the college to immediately address and comply with all the recommendations to remain accredited but also to simultaneously develop a plan for closure should the college not pass evaluation.

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