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In early February, both San Bernardino Valley College and Crafton Hills College received warning letters from the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges.

By Beau Yarbrough, The Sun
and Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 03/30/15, 6:50 PM PDT

As required in an accrediting agency warning issued last month, San Bernardino Valley College president Gloria Fisher will be getting the college degree required for her position. Where and in what, however, remains to be seen.

“Dr. Fisher has narrowed her search for an academic program down to two options and she is working with her counselors to determine the best option. I believe she will be able to make an announcement this coming week,” San Bernardino Community College District Chancellor Bruce Baron wrote in an email.

In early February, both San Bernardino Valley College and Crafton Hills College received warning letters from the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges. Both have to address the concerns raised by the ACCJC by March 15, 2016.

In its Feb. 5 letter to SBVC, the commission said college officials need to look at student outcomes regularly. It also agreed with a third-party complaint that Fisher does not have the college degree required for her position under accreditation rules.

College officials have “made significant progress” on assessing student outcomes, according to Alisa Sparkia Moore, spokeswoman for the San Bernardino Community College District.

“They are up to about 90 percent,” Moore wrote in an email.

In Yucaipa, Crafton Hills College got its own letter, dated Feb. 6. In it, the commission wrote that college officials need to look at student outcomes and use the results to improve courses and planning at the school, update its distance learning plan, make a policy to deal with programs that are canceled or changed dramatically and do a better job of preparing the course catalog in a more timely and accurate fashion. The college also needs to more fully use performance evaluations of all employees, according to the letter.

“CHC is at 90 percent for (student learning outcomes) for courses and 84 percent for programs,” Moore wrote. “They have implemented the SLO Cloud Tool for assessment of SLOs and have a tentative plan to discuss learning outcomes on April 1 (Flex Day) and to take the necessary steps to comply with all aspects of the ACCJC recommendation. Steps are being taken towards hiring a Distance Education Faculty coordinator; the Program Viability Process has been approved by Crafton Council and is proceeding through the steps of shared governance as required; and the necessary changes have been made to comply with the recommendations regarding the college catalog, the publication of the new college mission statement, and the completion of outstanding staff evaluations.”

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