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Students relieved; Commission drops accreditation sanctions against CR

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EUREKA- Students at College of the Redwoods no longer have to worry that their college may loose accreditation. The Accreditation Commission for Community and Junior Colleges lifted the sanctions against the college on Friday.

"I'm so excited and relieved as the rest of the students at CR," said Board of Trustee Student Representative Mohamad Alnakhlawi, who has seen the accreditation process first hand.

The college will still have to submit a special report on April 15 that will include a financial review with a three year budget plan and a cash flow plan. They will also meet in person with the commission in June said Board of Trustee President, Colleen Mullery.

In February 2012 the college received a serious condition from the commission and were later reduced to a probation status in 2013. The commission required the college to show improvements in eight different categories. To prove the college was more financially stable employees took a voluntary pay cut.

"We're talking about a car payment possibly. We're talking about far less discretionary spending for our employees," said Mullery."

College of the Redwoods has had dwindling enrollment numbers. Mullery said the confusion over the accreditation could have contributed to it. "I'm sure it did give students pause," she said.

Erin Johnson, a CR student, said she was happy that the college had been cleared of the sanctions. "I'm glad that it's cleared up, because I go [to CR], because there's no there community colleges," she said.