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SBCC’s accreditation extended for 18 months with room for progress

August Lawrence
The MacDougall Administration Building on Feb. 14 at City College in Santa Barbara, Calif.

As of Jan. 27, City College’s accreditation has been reaffirmed for the next 18 months.

Interim Superintendent-President Kindred Murillo released an email discussing the college’s updated status and peer review report. This was performed by the Accreditation Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) on Oct. 12-13, 2021.

In the review, City College’s courses displayed above-satisfactory levels of educational standards. The college’s accreditation status is typically renewed every seven years, making the next evaluation for 2028-2029. However, the college is in need of a follow-up report, due no later than March 1, 2023, due to a compliance requirement not met in the review report’s “Human Resources” section.

“In order to meet the standard, the team recommends the College follow its written policies and procedures on evaluation of all employees, systematically and at stated intervals, to assure the effectiveness of its human resources,” the report states.

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The college has not been consistently following procedures when evaluating managers, however, faculty and staff have been properly evaluated.  

Additionally, the peer review team report included two recommendations to the college.

“In order to increase effectiveness, the team recommends the College implement its plans to improve the tracking mechanism of outcomes assessment to clearly demonstrate that all course SLOs have been assessed in their defined cycle,” as found in the report.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) are a major part of the syllabus in every class offered through City College. The college has been recommended to find a better way to track students’ complete assessment of each SLO. According to the report, evidence that all course outcomes have been assessed is incomplete due to the ineffectiveness of the current outcomes tracking system. 

City College is planning on spending $320 million on renovations. This plan has coined the name “Five Year Construction” which will be used to attribute to programs whether it be modernization or repairs to college facilities. The ACCJC recommends the college include more detail in its long-term plans from a financial perspective. 

Along with the institutional accreditation, City College has program-specific accreditations in nursing, automotive tech, cancer information management, health information technology, marine diving technology, medical coding and vocational nursing.

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