Modesto Junior College Struggling Accreditation Problems and the Future

In February 2012, Modesto Junior College (MJC) learned that they were put on the probation, thus risk losing out on federal money and accreditation.

The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC), which accredits associate degree granting institutions in the western region of the US, put MJC and 24 other community colleges in California on the endangered list. They either received warnings (least severe), probation or “show cause” (most severe sanction).

In terms of accreditation grade, MJC leads the way with the worst one. MJC was the only local junior college to be listed on probation. Fresno City College, Merced Junior College and Columbia Junior College all received warnings.

MJC and others are required to satisfy higher standards of accreditation amid more scrutiny and less economic means. MJC’s main issue is minute and they should be able to resolve it soon.

ACCJC is dinging MJC for not providing similar services to both of the MJC Campuses, East and West. Administrators are currently trying to convince why both campuses exist and why they are function this way. New MJC president Jill Stearns has a lot on her hands as she takes over a community college with a lot of internal (and external) strife.