Skyline College celebrates passing its accreditation

Dave Newlands, TSV Staff Writer/Graphic artist

Skyline College had its accreditation reaffirmed by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACCJC) during a meeting held from Jan. 8-10.

Along with College of San Mateo and Cañada College, Skyline College has retained its status as an accredited institution, according to the January Commission Actions Report published by the ACCJC.

Speaking at the Feb. 26 the district board meeting, Skyline President Regina Stanback Stroud officially announced the news.“We received the report from the ACCJC that Skyline College received full reaffirmation of its accreditation and that they have asked us to follow up with a report on the progress that we make on three of the recommendations that they’ve made,” Stroud said. “The good news is that we’ll be reporting, if we had to turn it in today, that it’s already done, done, done. So that will be a pleasure to do that. The college is really excited about it. We’re celebrating quite a bit.”

The three ACCJC recommendations involved monitoring and evaluation of faculty, planning processes, and distance education programs.

The ACCJC reviews each of the schools under it’s jurisdiction every six years. So Skyline and the other SMCCCD schools will not face another review until 2020, but over that period of time, Skyline will continue its process of monitoring, self-evaluation, and reporting to the ACCJC in efforts to continue to grow and improve as an institution.

“It’s not over until it’s over,” Stroud said.

Updated: this article was updated to include the full name of the ACCJC. 12:31 .p.m. 3/24/2014.