ERIC Number: EJ1148770
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Who Guards the Guardians? National Implications of Accreditation at City College of San Francisco
Barber, Bob; McNair, Delores E.
Community College Review, v45 n3 p215-233 Jul 2017
Purpose: This article addresses the broad context of community college accreditation which surrounds a controversy involving one of the largest community colleges in the United States, City College of San Francisco (CCSF), and its regional accrediting agency, the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC). Its purposes are to illuminate the issue of how accrediting agencies are held accountable and to highlight the importance of addressing student equity issues as part of accreditation. Argument/Proposed Model: Rather than focusing on the details of the specific case, we reflect on the situation as a microcosm of the issues facing community college students and accreditors. Themes that emerge include the rise of compliance-oriented accreditation practices, the degree to which accreditation is increasingly subject to political and economic forces, and the dilemmas involved in assuring that educational quality is available to all students. Conclusions/Contributions: Accrediting agencies must address the barriers that interfere with the success of first generation students, low-income students, and students of color, who are rapidly coming to represent the predominant student demographic in the United States and who constitute the majority of students at CCSF. We conclude that the basis exists in higher education research and practice for the development of accreditation standards that address the student equity agenda.
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Accreditation (Institutions), Accountability, Equal Education, Compliance (Legal), Politics of Education, Economic Factors, Educational Quality, Quality Assurance, Barriers, First Generation College Students, Low Income Students, Minority Group Students, Standards, Access to Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: California (San Francisco)
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