SACSCOC puts three colleges on notice

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President to provide information in a public session Friday.

By Kyle R. Cotton

This college, Northwest Vista and St. Philip’s colleges have been given “warning” status by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and have a year to address concerns over autonomy.

Officials from the district and the three colleges are in Atlanta for the SACSCOC December conference, but Vela emailed employees of this college today:

“San Antonio College continues to be a fully accredited institution. However, we have been placed on warning and will have 12 months to address issues around autonomy. … I was hoping for a lesser outcome, however, I am confident that we will satisfy SACSCOC’s concerns.”

Leo Zuniga, associate vice chancellor for communications for the district, confirmed the status of Northwest Vista and St. Philip’s.

Vela wrote that that this college will remain fully accredited with no negative impact and will receive a letter detailing the terms and conditions of the warning in mid-January.

Each of the three colleges had reaccreditation delayed over concerns regarding the their autonomy in their relationship with the Alamo Colleges district leadership.

Each college was given the same seven recommendations from a special site visit team who visited in September.

Vela wrote he will answer questions and provide more information at 9 a.m. Friday in Room 120 of the visual arts center.

For the full special site visit team reports click here: San Antonio CollegeSt. Philip’s College and Northwest Vista College.


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