(Sacramento, CA) - Last week, Assemblymember Rob Bonta introduced the Fair Accreditation for Community Colleges Act, AB 1942, which will restore transparency, accountability, fairness and due process to the state community college accreditation system by establishing consistent and fair evaluation standards in the accreditation of our state's 112 community colleges, which serve more than 2.4 million students.
Bonta described the four key components of the bill as follows:
- Introduces competition to the accreditation process: Allows community college districts to choose their accreditation agency.
- Restores transparency and accountability: Requires an accreditor to make decisions at a public hearing and requires public disclosure of income and expenditures of accreditors' employees and contractors. Requires accreditation documents to be maintained for at least 10 years.
- Restores fairness to the accreditation process: Requires an accreditor to provide due process and notice to the public and colleges about evaluations and allows colleges to appeal decisions.
- Maintains integrity of the accreditation system: Eliminates potential conflicts of interest by accreditors. The integrity of the system is further ensured by requiring the accreditor to annually disclose to the public information regarding charges to member institutions, and fiscal data for the accreditor's employees and contractors, including the source and amount of income and expenditures.
Here's more in this Assembly Access video and feature articles in the San Francisco Examiner, San Francisco Chronicle, and Los Angeles Times.
Assembly Access Video: AB 1942 (Bonta)
San Francisco Examiner
Commission that stripped CCSF accreditation could lose some power
Published February 21, 2014
San Francisco Chronicle
College savings, accreditation focus of state legislation
Published February 20, 2014
Los Angeles Times
Proposed law would reform community college accreditation
Published February 19, 2014