FACCC Raises Concerns about ACCJC with U.S. Department of Education

The Faculty Association of California Community Colleges (FACCC) recently joined other organizations–including CFT–who have raised concerns about the ACCJC, the organization that accredits California Community Colleges. In this public letter to the federal agency that oversees college accreditation, FACCC’s Executive Director, Johnathan Lightman, went into detail about specific causes for concern, and argued that the ACCJC is losing the support of faculty:

What’s important to note is that faculty leaders neither question the value or function of accreditation…. Micro-managing public institutions of higher education that comply with the legal standards set forth by their state’s Legislature and applicable case law is an entirely different matter. ACCJC cannot continue to function without the necessary support of its institutional academic employees. That support has significantly deteriorated, triggering the need for serious examination by the Department of Education and federal government.