Frequently Asked Questions About Accreditation
Q: What is accreditation?
A: Accreditation is the process by which educators and their peers work together to observe and improve the quality of education. College of the Redwoods’ accreditation is issued and re-evaluated by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACCJC), which has accredited CR since 1967. A student's course work at any accredited college is transferable to any other accredited educational institution; accreditation assures that the quality of education meets minimum standards.
Q: Is College of the Redwoods currently accredited?
A: Yes. CR is a fully accredited community college. Credits earned by students are transferable to other accredited institutions.
Q: What is CR's current accreditation status?
A: CR was placed on "Show Cause" status on Feb. 1, 2012.
Q: What is "Show Cause" status?
A: When the accrediting commission finds an institution to be in substantial non-compliance with its eligibility requirements, standards or policies, or when it has not responded to the imposed conditions, ACCJC may require an institution to show cause why its accreditation should not be withdrawn at the end of a specified period. During this time, an institution is subject to reports and extra visits to be determined by the commission. During this Show Cause period, the institution remains accredited.
Q. What are some of the issues at CR according to the Accrediting Commission for community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC)?
A: CR needs to:
Q: Will the college's Show Cause status impact my financial aid?
A: No. CR's accredited status continues and students' financial aid will not be affected.
Q: Will other colleges accept my courses if I choose to transfer?
A: Yes. The course credits you earn at CR will continue to transfer based on the receiving institution's criteria for as long as CR remains accredited.
Q: What is CR doing to maintain its accreditation?
Q: What happens next?
A: CR will submit a report to the accrediting commission in October 2012 that will detail progress towards addressing all of the non-compliance issues. In late January 2013, CR will be informed by the ACCJC about the College’s accreditation status. All spring semester 2013 classes will remain accredited.
Q: Why does CR have to prepare a formal plan to close?
A: While the college works to reaffirm its accreditation, the commission directed the college to make preliminary preparations for closure, which is an ACCJC requirement that accompanies the "Show Cause" status. If CR was to lose its accreditation, a probable result would be the loss of state and federal funds. Although technically the CR District could remain a legal entity, loss of these monies could have the same effect as closing the institution. CR is taking every step and precaution to address the commission's recommendations so that the institution will demonstrate why its accreditation should be continued. However, because of the parallel requirement to address the commission's policy on closing an institution, the closure report is being taken seriously, and a report will be submitted. The closure plan will ensure that students' interests are protected.
Q: Where can I find out more information about accreditation?
A: The accrediting commission, ACCJC, provides information on the topic at www.accjc.org Accreditation update newsletters are regularly posted on CR's homepage, at www.redwoods.edu Look for: “Accreditation FAQ.” You can also contact Paul DeMark, CR Director of Communications and Marketing, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 707-476-4561.