February 15, 2015

Superintendent/President Gil Stork


On Friday, February 6, I received the ACCJC Action Letter informing us as to the action that the Accrediting Commission took on January 8, 2015 relative to our 2014 Self-Evaluation Report and the visiting team report.  This was our 6-year review.  I am pleased to announce that the Commission acted to grant us reaffirmation of our accreditation status which means that we are clear for the next 6-year period, from 2014-2020.

In brief, here are the results:

  1. We received 7 commendations
  2. We received 1 compliance recommendation in the area of distance education. (ACTION:  A follow-up report will be required by October 15, 2016, but no visit)
  3. We received 4 recommendations to “increase effectiveness.”  We are compliant in these areas, but the team expressed actions that we could take to increase effectiveness. (ACTION:  We will be required to report on these as part of our regular Mid-Term Report in 2017. The four areas are access to learning outcomes and assessment, tracking student authenticity in distance education classes, monitoring records in employment equity and diversity, and regularly reviewing and updating board policies) 

I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you for joining in on this heroic effort to help regain Cuesta College’s rightful place as a leader in excellence. We are seen as a model college, and the Action Letter included this statement from the Commission: 

"The Commission would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate Cuesta College on the remarkable turnaround that it has accomplished between 2011 and 2013.  It has followed all Commission directives for reports and visits and resolved the considerable deficiencies in practices that led to the College to non-compliance with the Accreditation Standards.  The College has resolved those deficiencies, meets Standards and should take pride in its accomplishments."



Dr. Gil Stork

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Dr. Gilbert H. Stork, Superintendent/President