Commission puts college accreditation on warning status

Lassen Community College’s Interim Superintendent/ President Trevor Albertson announced the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges Western Association of Schools and Colleges reviewed the college’s Institutional Self Evaluation Report and evidentiary materials submitted by the college at the commission’s June 10-12 meeting. The commission also considered the Peer Review Team Report prepared by the peer review team that conducted its onsite visit to the College, March 9-12 as well as the oral testimony of LCC’s Superintendent/ President, Chief Instructional Officer and Accreditation Liaison Officer.

The commission issued a warning to the college that requires a Follow-Up Report no later than Oct. 1, 2021. LCC received commendations as well as various compliance requirements that must be met by the Oct. 1, 2021 Follow-Up Report and subsequent visit by a peer review team.

According to a statement by Albertson, “Lassen Community College continues to be a fully accredited college by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, and is proud to serve Lassen County and its surrounding communities.”

Albertson said the commission’s action “in no way means the college is closing or is going away. Rather, this is a process that ensures the college is meeting the rigorous requirements of ACCJC accreditation —which continues through this process — and ensures a stronger institution on the other side.”

Albertson also pointed out that a number of California public colleges received more serious sanctions.

Nonetheless, Albertson continued, “Lassen College treats these requirements seriously and looks forward to working with ACCJC to rectify its shortcomings and move off warning status.”