Deferment of Accreditation

Resolution Number
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Standards and Practices Committee
Status Report

The 2002 Standards no longer employ "deferment."

Whereas in the list of Actions on Accredited Institutions of the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, "deferment" of an accrediting decision is a relatively new addition to the options of the Accrediting Commission in determining accreditation status, and

Whereas "deferment" is seen by the Commission as a confidential negative action but for public community colleges operating under the Brown Act such confidentiality cannot apply, and

Whereas "deferment" has, in certain instances, been perceived by the public as actual denial or withdrawal of accreditation, which is stronger than intended by the Accrediting Commission, and

Whereas such misunderstandings can have serious detrimental effects on colleges,

Resolved that the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges recommend to the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges that "deferment" of accreditation be removed as an option for Accrediting Commission action, and

Resolved that "Reaffirmation of accreditation, to be followed by a special visit" be used by the Accrediting Commission instead of the term "deferment".