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Solano College expects good news with accreditation

Solano Community College President and Superintendent Jowel Laguerre speaks to faculty and staff Tuesday in the school's theater. (Robinson Kuntz/Daily Republic)

Solano Community College President and Superintendent Jowel Laguerre speaks to faculty and staff Tuesday in the school's theater. (Robinson Kuntz/Daily Republic)

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From page A4 | February 12, 2013 |

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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Ian Thompson has worked for the Daily Republic longer than he cares to remember. A native of Oregon and a graduate of the University of Oregon, he pines for the motherland still. He covers Vacaville and Travis Air Force Base for the Daily Republic. He is an avid military history buff, wargamer and loves the great outdoors.
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  • CW HawkinsFebruary 12, 2013 - 12:06 am

    I don't see how, SCC is nothing but a special favor for members only club! The board is guilty of allowing the school to near fail. They had managers in charge of departments that were run into the ground. They have allowed UNFAIR HIRING PRACTICE SES to go on and turned a blind eye to including the PRESIDENT appointing two unqualified people to positions of trust and circumventing the hiring policy and union rules! SCC is a joke!

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