Southwestern Put on Probation: Report

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    Southwestern College has been put on probation and if it doesn’t change its ways, it could lose its accreditation, according to a published report.

    The college was told in a letter by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges that it has until October 2011 to resolve its issues but has to show some improvement by this fall, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

    The college has already started to address issues that have plagued the Chula Vista campus for years and is eager to resolve the commission's concerns, Southwestern President Raj Chopra told the newspaper.

    Among the issues cited by the commission were problems with governance and allegations that Southwestern fosters a stagnant work and learning environment, the paper reported.

    The commission reportedly decided to put Southwestern on probation after interviewing more than 90 instructors, administrators, staff members, students and trustees.

    If Southwestern lost its accreditation, students would not receive credit for undergraduate courses taken there on transferring to a four-year institution.

    Read more: San Diego Union-Tribune