Southwestern College is now on a 5-month clock to losing its accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges commission on community colleges.

While it is possible for Southwestern College administration, faculty and student representatives to meet the deadline in March 2011, the political issues of district governance over the Chula Vista campus have soured to the point that there may be no practical solution short of first losing WASC certification for not meeting its Standards of Accreditation and then trying to win it back sometime in the relatively distant future.

Southwestern College was listed on WASC probation in August 2009. A WASC inspection team found problems on campus after the College had forwarded its accreditation self-study report to WASC. If a two-year WASC probation period passes without Southwestern College satisfactorily correcting the deficiencies noted in a total of ten then-unmet WASC recommendations, then the United States Department of Education will demand that WASC terminate Southwestern College's accreditation, instantly devaluing the credits earned by thousands of Southwestern College students.

So far, college and district officials have acknowledged that a campus response to only one of the ten recommendations has been accepted by WASC. A total of five of the ten areas of deficiencies had to be acceptably met by October 15, 2010. The remaining five are to be addressed and submitted to WASC by March 15, 2011. In the final months of the two-year probationary period, the WASC community college commission will review the ten responses while re-inspecting the camps to verify compliance with WASC's Standards of Accreditation.

See Susan Luzzaro's San Diego Reader article "Public Records Suggest Southwestern College Used Public Funds Frivolously" and comments for a discussion of allegations regarding Southwestern College's probationary period and Southwestern Community College District issues stemming from probation.

Student Self-Help to Preserve Value of SWC Units Earned?

It may be possible for current Southwestern College students to preserve the current value of their earned units by taking immediate action in the face of a SWCCD-manufactured hazard that puts those credits at risk.

If a current Southwestern College student registers for a Fall 2010 or Spring 2011 class at a nearby second community college AND then immediately requests a transcript from Southwestern be sent to the second college, then the still-accredited units should be accepted at the second college. If students wait to do this until Southwestern College possibly loses accreditation in Fall 2011, then it may be too late to have the earned Southwestern College units accepted at any second campus still in full standing with WASC.

Transferring students to other local colleges and universities should consult relevant college catalogs or transfer agreements for further information on acceptance of transcripts from Southwestern College if accreditation is lost there.


Founder Oct. 25, 2010 @ 2:22 p.m.

Great FACTUAL post about the Monkey Business that's been going on at $WC!

Voters should read all about it on the suggested links and then talk to the Students, Staff and Faculty of SWC, about how the Old Board has been taking everyone (except their friends) to meals and more on your Educational "DIME"...

Think that sounds FISHY, how about them hiring a $PIN Media Company for $100,000 to help get themselves reelected?


nan shartel Oct. 27, 2010 @ 2:06 p.m.

what complete a$$wipes that bunch are...great blog A2z..

perfect comment Founder

those students who went to class..studied hard..and r left with this possible reality deserved so much more!!!


Susan Luzzaro Oct. 28, 2010 @ 8:41 p.m.

The research in this blog and the questions that are posed by the information needs to be shared. Perhaps after the election some issues will be pushed aside and the underlying issues will get more scrutiny.


a2zresource Oct. 28, 2010 @ 9:58 p.m.

I am hoping to reach more Southwestern College students about this... mess.

Right now tonight, I am trying to chase down the text of the Centre City Redevelopment Project Area legislation adding $6 billion to CCDC's tax increment cap...


Founder Oct. 29, 2010 @ 8:55 a.m.

  • Pork Clogged Pipes -*

Reply to #2 Nan I'm happy you are his fan

I like your usage of "a$$wipes" Because it also rhymes with "pipes"

The Educational Pipeline at $WC is clogged With all of the fiscal "PORK FAT" that their OLD Board has Hogged

One thing Voters never expected to have learned Was how all the students college credits got burned

Now the only thing that Voters can do that may provide a fix Is to give the old Board members seeking re-election the NIX

Everyone knows Pork only belongs on a spit and NO College Board should treat its students like shit



a2zresource Nov. 7, 2010 @ 6:22 p.m.

I am greatly concerned because the self-studies needing to be done by administration, faculty and students at Southwestern College are not multiple-guess or fill-in-the-blank pre-prepared form documents. The necessary responses to WASC recommendations must not only be written, published for constituent group review, assembled into a comprehensive whole, debated, revised and agreed upon -- paragraph by paragraph by all of the above groups working together in several subcommittees -- but must also be implemented in a convincing fashion by the March 2011 final WASC inspection visit.

SWC is in overtime, the clock is winding down with SWC on its own ten yard line, and there are no time outs remaining.

WASC probation for Southwestern College coming in late 2009, after nearly two decades of unmet WASC recommendations, means that there is no automatic extension of accreditation for ANY unmet recommendations for WASC Standards of Accreditation compliance but a loss of it on demand by US Dept. of Education to WASC.


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