Commission reaffirms accreditation for Fresno City, Reedley colleges

The Fresno BeeFebruary 12, 2014 

Both Fresno City College and Reedley College have had their accreditations reaffirmed as expected, State Center Community College District said Wednesday.

Each college received a letter this week from the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, noting both meet standards based on the commission's review of reports submitted by the colleges.

"Our colleges are fully accredited and have a clean bill of health," said George Railey, vice chancellor of educational services and institutional effectiveness for the district.

Fresno City and Reedley are overseen by the district.

Two years ago, Fresno City College and Reedley were placed on "warning" status for shortcomings in long-term planning. Warning status is the least restrictive the commission can impose but requires a response.

A year ago, the commission removed the warning status for both colleges.

But the commission sought annual updates about long-term planning, and repeated the request this year. Those reports are due in October.

It's common for the commission to express concerns to colleges about planning involving advances in technology, budgeting and coordinating programs, Railey said.

Other Valley community colleges have faced accreditation issues.

This week, College of the Sequoias in Visalia had its "show cause" status -- one step short of mandatory closure -- lifted. It's now under warning, which college president Stan Carrizosa said he expects will be lifted next year.

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