The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACCJC), took action to continue Cuesta College’s probation status, while noting that the College has made progress and has completely satisfied some of the ACCJC recommendations.

Cuesta College remains an accredited institution throughout the process, meaning the College’s classes, past and present, are transferable to other four-year colleges and universities.

A news conference is scheduled today at 2:30 p.m. in the president’s office in Building 8000 on the San Luis Obispo campus.

Cuesta College has satisfied two of the ACCJC’s recommendations involving Board of Trustees policies and the leadership and governance structure of the College. Continued progress is required for the remaining four recommendations that involve long-term planning and assessment, technology resources, long-term financial planning and administrative capacity, according to the report.

“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,” said Cuesta College Superintendent/President Dr. Gil Stork. “The Commission’s recommendations do not reflect on Cuesta’s outstanding faculty and exemplary student services.”

The report from the ACCJC did praise Cuesta College for the progress it has made and extended the deadline for resolution “because the institution has completed much of the work necessary to address these issues.”

The next step for Cuesta College will require continued progress on the remaining four recommendations -- progress which will be detailed in a follow-up report to be submitted to ACCJC by Oct. 15, 2011. Following that report, another accreditation team will visit Cuesta College in November, and the ACCJC will meet again in January 2012 to re-evaluate the College’s progress.

“I know this continues to be an arduous task, but I am confident that we will complete our compliance obligations, our accreditation will be reaffirmed and the College will no longer be on sanction status,” said Dr. Stork.

Released Feb. 4, 2011