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07/01/09 - Solano Community College's Accreditation Status ImprovesFAIRFIELD, CA – Solano Community College has received notification from the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) that its accreditation status has been removed from "Show Cause" and has improved to "Probation."
"This is excellent news and reflects a great deal of hard work by our Governing Board, administrators, faculty, and staff in addressing issues of fiscal stability, leadership, and planning," states Special Trustee Tom Henry. "We still have a great deal of work to do in order to advance our accreditation further and to remove all sanctions. However, we have made great strides forward and will continue to do so."
The Commission's letter states, "The College has taken significant steps to stabilize its fiscal condition and begun work to stabilize its administration. The College has employed the services of an interim President/Superintendent and a State Trustee, has clarified some of the uncertainties in its revenues and expenditures, and resolved some contract issues. It has, as well, hired a new president following a national search. Other important deficiencies remain to be resolved, but critical issues that destabilized the College have been reasonably addressed."
"The accreditation status of the institution continues during the probation period," the Commission's letter further clarifies.
Solano Community College District has reduced the number of Eligibility Requirements that it needs to address from seven to two. As an ongoing process of continual improvement, the accreditation report also lists a number of recommendations that the college needs to address. The six Recommendations include those from past reports, including; productive dialog to identify strengths and weaknesses, improving institutional planning, improving institutional effectiveness, staffing and organizational stability, generating financial and apportionment reports, and leadership.
SCC will file a Follow-Up Report by October 15, 2009, followed by a site visit from an accreditation team made up of their peers. ACCJC will review the report and site visit findings and issue a new status report in January 2010. The deadline to "correct the deficiencies" has been extended to June 2010.
"We are grateful to ACCJC for their report that provides us specific action items for improvement," states Superintendent/President Dr. Jowel Laguerre. "Solano Community College is committed to our continual improvement as an institution of higher education. I am happy that our students and our communities continue to have confidence in our ability to serve them well."
ACCJC's June 30, 2009 letter will be posted on the College's website (www.solano.edu) under "Accreditation."
Solano Community College is accredited by ACCJC and serves over 12,000 students each semester. It offers transfer programs to four-year universities, a wide range of two-year degrees, numerous vocational certificates of achievement, and extensive life-long learning classes. Classes are offered at the Fairfield Campus, and at Centers in Vacaville, Vallejo, and Travis Air Force Base. Additional information is available online at www.solano.edu.