Accrediting body places Cuesta College on probation

Cuesta College administrators announced late Wednesday that it the school has been placed on probation by the agency responsible for accrediting community colleges.

The probation status follows a warning issued to Cuesta College administrators by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges last year.

Cuesta’s accreditation remains intact but administrators must address recommendations made by the agency to make improvements in nine areas — including the need to review and access the college’s long-range financial and capital planning strategies to ensure sufficient funding levels for ongoing operations.

“It is my responsibility to provide leadership to our excellent faculty, staff and administration to meet this challenge,” said Cuesta interim President Gil Stork, in a press release. “We will bring our college up to the standards established by the Accrediting Commission.”

A meeting is scheduled for Thursday morning to address the change.