College of the Siskiyous is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges, 10 Commercial Blvd., Suite 204, Novato, CA 94949, (415) 506-0234, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. Additional information about accreditation, including the filing of complaints against member institutions, can be found at https://accjc.org/
The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges, at its meeting January 10-12, 2018, reviewed the Follow-Up Report and related evidentiary materials submitted by College of the Siskiyous. The Commission also considered the External Evaluation Team Follow-Up Report prepared by the follow-up team that visited the institution on November 6, 2017. The purpose of this review was to determine whether the College has appropriately responded to the issues as identified by the peer review team at the time of the last visit and as expressed in the Commission's Action Letter of July 8, 2016, and whether the College has demonstrated compliance with the related Standards.
Upon consideration of the information noted above, the Commission acted to Remove Warning and Reaffirm Accreditation for the remainder of the cycle. The Commission finds that College of the Siskiyous has addressed compliance recommendations, corrected deficiencies, and meets Standards. The next report from the College will be the Midterm Report1 due on March 15, 2020. The institution's next comprehensive review will occur in the spring term of 2023.
Please see the below correspondence from the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges in regard to a Policy Revision.
Federal regulations require accrediting agencies to maintain a systematic review demonstrating that its standards are adequate to evaluate the quality of the education or training provided by the institutions it accredits and relevant to the educational needs of students (34 CFR §602.21). ACCJC's operational policy on Review of Accreditation Standards outlines the systematic process by which ACCJC conducts the comprehensive review of its standards, including the methods used to encourage wide-participation and input from its member institutions and their constituency groups. The policy, as currently written and adopted, only provides for the comprehensive review of all standards and does not provide for any process or practice in which an individual standard or group of standards could be reviewed and revised in between the comprehensive review cycle.
As the 2014 standards have been implemented and applied to the evaluation of member institutions, the Commission has received comments and concerns from the field regarding the language and interpretation of specific standards. Recognizing there may be a need to review and revise individual standards in between the comprehensive review cycle, the Commission's policy committee has proposed a revision to the policy on Review of Accreditation Standards to provide a mechanism for individual standard review in between the comprehensive review cycle and has revised the policy language for clarity and accuracy. At its June 2017 meeting, the Commission approved the revised policy for first-read. Following its Bylaws, the ACCJC invites comments from the field on this policy revision.
Written comments may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. All comments must be received by September 15, 2017. All comments will be reviewed by the ACCJC Policy Committee. The committee will incorporate any changes into the policy, which will then be presented to the Commission for a second-reading and action at the January 2018 meeting. Additionally, the policy will be on the Commission's open meeting agenda, and anyone interested may comment on the policy and its proposed changes directly to the Commission during the public comment session and prior to the Commission taking action.
Dr. Stephen Schoonmaker, Superintendent/President