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Cathy Summa-Wolfe
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Communications & Community Relations

College of Marin Receives Warning from Accrediting Agency

Kentfield, CA—Feb 9, 2012—In a letter received by the College of Marin President/Superintendent's Office on Feb. 6, 2012, Dr. Barbara Beno, president of the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACCJC/WASC), issued a Warning sanction asking that the college correct deficiencies noted in commission's Follow-Up Report dated Oct. 31, 2011.

Dr. Beno also states that "the accredited status of the institution continues through the warning period." This means that COM continues to be fully accredited as it addresses the commission’s recommendations.

College of Marin's accreditation was fully reaffirmed in Jan. 2011 by ACCJC/WASC. The reaffirmation was granted with the requirement that the college demonstrate resolution of nine recommendations by Oct. 15, 2011.

An accrediting team led by Dr. Jose M. Ortiz, superintendent/president of Allan Hancock College, visited the college on Oct. 31, 2011 in order to assess progress towards completing the recommendations. The team's follow-up report found that while the college has made great progress towards resolution of the recommendations, more work is needed on Recommendations 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, and 9.

ACCJC/WASC is requiring that COM provide a Follow-Up Report demonstrating full resolution of all deficiencies that were identified in the Oct. 31, 2011 Accrediting Team Report.

"While the college has made significant progress, we acknowledge that there is more work to be done as outlined in ACCJC/WASC's recommendations.  I believe the college is well on its way towards timely resolution," said COM Superintendent/President Dr. David Wain Coon. "This will be the highest priority for the college over the next months and I have great faith in ability of our faculty, staff, students and board to meet this goal."

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