FAIRFIELD — Solano Community College is on the verge of getting word that it’s back in the good graces of the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges.
“We have been making really good progress on many fronts,” said Solano Community College Superintendent/President Jowel Laguerre.
Laguerre met with faculty members Monday afternoon to give an overview of the accrediting commission’s report from its fall 2012 inspection, which stated that the college had made considerable progress toward meeting several recommendations made by the commission.
This was done the same day that a letter from the commission was expected to arrive, which would state whether Solano College was still under a warning sanction, the lowest level of sanctions, or has improved enough to get a statement of affirmation that it is meeting the goals set for it by the commission.
Laguerre praised faculty members for their work and said he expected the college’s standing to improve. He also added a caution that the college needs to remain diligent on improving and can’t afford to fall back because of future inspections.
As of 5 p.m. Monday, the letter had not landed in Laguerre’s hands and he wanted to talk with the faculty Monday because he was going to out of the office Tuesday for family reasons.
Solano College has been under a warning sanction for the past year. It had been free of any sanctions for a year until a commission inspection indicated the college slid back in the areas of having an integrated planning process and accomplishing proficiency in achieving student-learning outcomes.
The college’s accreditation problems go back to 2005, when the commission put Solano College on probation after it noted deficiencies in several areas that included finances, communication, student achievement, leadership and board relations. After several years of work, the college was removed from probation and other sanctions early in 2011.
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