Though Cuesta Community College has made some gains in appeasing its accreditors, the school is far from out of the woods.
On Jan. 31, Barbara Beno, president of the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, sent a letter to interim Cuesta President Gil Storke notifying the college it will remain on a probation.
The college has been on probation since February 2010. On Nov. 5 of that year, administrators hosted a commission field inspection team, which was following up on a 40-page report the college drafted to address recommendations made by the commission.
A loss of accreditation could mean units a student earns at the institution might not be accepted at other accredited institutions.
“Although I am extremely disappointed with the commission’s action, it is consistent with the visiting team report in that we have not completely ‘fixed’ some deficiencies that were identified by the previous teams,” Storke said in a Feb. 4 press release.
The college did satisfy two of the commission’s seven recommendations. In the letter, Beno said the college still needs to make improvements such as completing a strategic plan for an ongoing self-evaluation process and following through on a similar plan for the college’s technology infrastructure.
The commissioners also noted the
college continues to maintain insufficient staffing levels necessary to provide administrative services.
Cuesta administrators are required to submit a detailed follow-up report to the commission by Oct. 15 to show progress on the remaining four recommendations. That report will be followed by another commission visit and the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges will meet again to re-evaluate the college’s progress.