College of the Sequoias is fighting for accreditation

March 19, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
College of the Sequoias has about 8 months to fight for its accreditation.

The state agency that oversees community colleges threatened to remove it, following a 2006 review.

The Accrediting Commission for Community Colleges (ACCJC) placed COS on "Show Cause", highlighting problems like "organizational planning", "campus dialogue" and "research capacity."

School President Stan Carrizosa is personally taking questions at various campus forums this week. He tells Action News, he put a 40 member task force together to work on each of those "problem" areas.

The school has to submit a full report to the state in October. "We've hit a bump, this is a tough spot for us, we want to work hard, we humbly ask that our community stand by us and we're committed to rolling up our sleeves and that we remain a fully accredited institution and serve for 86 more years."

The state will decide in January whether the school will keep its accreditation. There will be one more public forum on Wednesday night at College of the Sequoias in Hanford.


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