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Southwestern in good graces

Sun, Jul 03 2011 12:00 PM Posted By: Allison K. Sampite

Southwestern College announced Wednesday the reaffirmation of its accreditation status by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC).

The district was taken off probation and elevated to full accreditation status, bypassing a level of sanction.
In a letter to the college, the commission described its “many recent improvements to institutional practices to resolve accreditation deficiencies.”

Southwestern College has been an accredited institution of higher learning since 1964 and is the only public institution of higher education in southern San Diego County.

“This is a huge victory for our students, institution and community. We’ve been working tirelessly to resolve the ACCJC’s concerns while safeguarding the high-quality education Southwestern College provides,” Interim Superintendent/President Denise Whittaker said.

The Western Association of School and Colleges (WASC) placed the College on probation in February 2010. No additional follow-up report or visit is required for 2011.


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