Are accrediting agencies becoming too heavy-handed in their policing of California community colleges? Some college professors think so, according to a recent report in the Contra Costa Times.
Accrediting agencies, pressured by the federal government to ensure colleges are properly educating students, have cracked down on the schools to prove themselves.
The shift toward accountability has made the nation's six regional accreditors the front-line soldiers, a role some of them do not particularly embrace.
"Accreditation wasn't meant to be a policing process," said Barbara Beno, president of ACCJC and the former president of what is now Berkeley City College. She predicted a "showdown" with federal regulators in the near future. "I think we're reaching a point where we need to figure out what accreditors do and what other agencies do."