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Certification of Continued Institutional Compliance with Eligibility Requirements

Certification of Continued Compliance with Eligibility Requirements 1-5

In this section, the College includes information demonstrating continued compliance with the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior College Eligibility Requirements. Herein, Mt. SAC addresses Eligibility Requirements 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. The remaining Eligibility Requirements are addressed in the College’s response to the relevant sections of the Accreditation Standards.

1. Authority

The institution is authorized or licensed to operate as a post-secondary educational institution and to award degrees by an appropriate governmental organization or agency as required by each of the jurisdictions or regions in which it operates.

Mt. San Antonio College (Mt. SAC) is a public, two-year community college operating under the authority of the state of California, the Board of Governors of the California Community College, and the Board of Trustees of the Mt. San Antonio College District. The College is evaluated and accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. This accreditation authorizes the College to offer courses which parallel the first two years of the curricula for state universities (INT44).

2. Operational Status

The institution is operational, with students actively pursuing its degree programs.

Mt. SAC has operated continuously since its inception in 1946. The College serves students who are actively pursuing its degree and certificate programs as well as those with transfer and life-long learning goals (INT45, II.A.6-4, INT46).

3. Degrees

A substantial portion of the institution's educational offerings are programs that lead to degrees, and a significant proportion of its students are enrolled in them. At least one degree program must be of two academic years in length.

Mt. SAC offers a wide range of educational programs, 64 of which lead to Associate Degrees (I.A.4-1). In 2014-15, the College awarded a total of 2,081 Associate Degrees (II.A.6-4). A student who is enrolled in the College full-time can complete the requirements for a degree in two academic years (I.A.4-1 pg. 45-186, I.A.4-1 pg. 45-51, 188-198, I.A.4-1 pg. 25, 199, INT47).

4. Chief Executive Officer

The institution has a chief executive officer appointed by the governing board, whose full-time responsibility is to the institution, and who possesses the requisite authority to administer board policies. Neither the district/system chief executive officer nor the institutional chief executive officer may serve as the chair of the governing board. The institution informs the Commission immediately when there is a change in the institutional chief executive officer.

Mt. SAC has a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) who has been appointed by the governing board per Board Policy 2430. The CEO administers Board Policies, and he does not serve as the chair of the governing board (IV.C.3-1, IV.C.12-1). The College notified the Commission upon the Board of Trustees hiring the current CEO, Dr. William T. Scroggins, in 2011. His office is located on the Mt. SAC campus in Building 10 (INT48, INT49).

5. Financial Accountability

The institution annually undergoes and makes available an external financial audit by a certified public accountant or an audit by an appropriate public agency. Institutions that are already Title IV eligible must demonstrate compliance with federal requirements.

On or before April 1 of each year, Mt. SAC contracts with an independent Certified Public Accountant to perform the audit of all funds under jurisdiction of the College in accordance with Education Code 84040. The audit is conducted in accordance with standards applicable to financial audits contained in Governmental Accounting Standards Board and complies with the requirements set forth in the California Community Colleges “Contracted District Audit Manual”. The audit also includes reporting on internal control over compliance related to major programs and an opinion on compliance with Federal status, regulations, and terms and conditions of Federal awards. Refer to Standard IIID for past, current, and proposed budgets, certified independent audits, financial aid program review and audits, and student loan default rates and relevant governmental reports.