Accreditor of California Colleges Lacks Conflict-of-Interest Protections, Federal Review Says

The association that accredits community colleges in California and Hawaii violated federal rules in choosing its commissioners and lacks sufficient controls against conflicts of interest, the U.S. Department of Education has found.

The opinion is a narrow victory for the California community-college system in an increasingly public fight between the system and its accreditor, the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, which is part of the Western Association of