The Contra Costa Community College District has been notified it will continue to be fully accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (commission). However, the accreditation comes with an official word of warning for recent conduct committed by the district.
The commission conducts accreditation for all community colleges in California on a six-year cycle. The warning is the lightest sanction that can be issued by the commission and, according to CCCCD staff, was issued in large part to challenges faced by the district over the past year.
In September 2020, former CCCCD Governing Board Members Vicki Gordon and Greg Enholm formally acknowledged ethics violation complaints against them.
“The governing board and our community members have been frustrated with these issues for a while and we take these findings seriously,” said Board President Andy Li. “We have already begun working together to address these issues, and I am confident the trustees will continue making progress toward addressing the commission’s areas of improvement.”
“I applaud our colleges who are doing tremendous work to increase the success of our students,” Chancellor Bryan Reece said in a statement. “To be clear, the commission’s findings have nothing to do with teaching or our ability to provide the support our students need. Nevertheless, we accept the findings and are ready to roll up our sleeves and begin the hard work in addressing the areas of improvement around district governance.”
According to CCCCD staff, five areas of improvement to be addressed are as follows:
* The district develop a process by which all classified employees are regularly and systematically evaluated.
* The governing board follow its policy related to the chancellor’s evaluation process.
* The governing board act consistently with its adopted policies and bylaws, and regularly assess these policies and bylaws.
* The board uphold and adhere to their adopted code of ethics policy-BP 1010.
* The board delegate full responsibility and authority to the chancellor to implement and administer board policies without board interference and hold the chancellor accountable for the operation of the district and colleges.
The district must meet these requirements by October; a peer review team will verify the results.