Compton Community College: Striving for sovereignty
Update by The Committee to Save Compton Community College President Obama has weighed in on the question of college accreditors, such as the ACCJC which took Compton College's accreditation, calling for nationwide change. The gist of the
Update by The Committee to Save Compton Community College
President Obama has weighed in on the question of college accreditors, such as the ACCJC which took Compton College’s accreditation, calling for nationwide change.
The gist of the lengthy article below is accreditors are being tasked to emphasize and focus on student achievement and to structure their resources to deal with problem colleges versus successful ones (academically).
Besides Obama’s challenge, a second letter has been sent by US legislators to the Secretary of Education John King in the wake of the Corinthian College debacle, the closing of an accredited college leaving thousands with student loans, calling for reform and emphasis upon graduation rates and achievement.
What does this mean for Compton?
Compton College, for instance, was not majorly sanctioned for academics. Students were achieving, being educated, and graduating at a successful rate with marketable skills at the time of our loss of accreditation.
The entire dismantling of the college to fix the problems with the administration (financial, leadership) majorly ignored the faculty’s accomplishment and successful student achievement. Thousands of students dropped out of Compton and, worse, simply abandoned their education completely. Compton students did not show up at surrounding colleges so the removal of accreditation further negatively impacted students who were, in fact, being educated at Compton!
The cure imposed by the ACCJC proved worse than the illness.
The ACCJC, in particular, has been vilified for straying away from its primary mission which should be to help in assuring quality education, to emphasizing its own agenda some describe as being couched in tedious technicality which has nothing to do with quality education. Its heavy-handed sanctions have lead to a full revolt by California community colleges and the Board of Governors who both recently voted to transition away from the ACCJC accrediting agency.
The irony is now after the cure imposed upon us, the numbers of students attending, being educated, and graduating from Compton College is dwindling.
Had we been allowed to fix the problems at Compton through community reform without the loss of accreditation, and perhaps with the intervention of the new task force developed by recently retired Chancellor Brice to assist sanctioned colleges, Compton would not have wondered in the wilderness for these ten years and counting, emerging as a stripped down former shadow of itself.
Finally, as it should have always been, President Obama is calling upon accreditors to emphasize student achievement in their analysis.
The Committee to Save Compton Community College.