Monday, January 30, 2012

Nitpickery for a Monday night

Philosophical musitude
     [UPDATE: it appears that the needed correction has now been made at the SOCCCD  website.]
      I noticed this evening that the SOCCCD website declares that
Saddleback College and Irvine Valley College are both fully accredited, preparing students for associate degrees, transfer to four-year colleges and universities, workforce development and basic skills training.
     Tsk, tsk. I seem to recall that, according to the Accreds, it just won’t do to assert that one’s college is “fully accredited.” Why? Surprisingly, for a very good reason. You see, it won't do to talk of a "fully accredited" college for the same reason that it won’t do to talk of, say, someone's being fully dead, for, deadwise, one is either dead or not dead; deadery does not admit of degrees.

     I decided to find where this is made official.
     Found it:

ACCREDITATION REFERENCE HANDBOOK
A Publication of the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges

Policy on Institutional Advertising, Student Recruitment, and Representation of Accredited Status (Adopted January 2005)

Part C
p. 68:
The phrase “fully accredited” shall be avoided, since no partial accreditation is possible from ACCJC.
Policy on Representation of Accredited Status (Adopted June 1998; Revised January 1999; Edited June 2003, August 2006)

Part C
p. 96
Representations of accredited status should be limited to the following statement. Additional modifiers such as “fully accredited” are not appropriate since no partial accreditation is possible.
     So there you have it. At the SOCCCD, cheesitude prevails, Accred-claim-wise.

    4 comments:

    Anonymous said...

    The "fully" is now gone.

    B. von Traven said...

    Something tells me I won't be receiving a thank-you note.

    Anonymous said...

    Thank you!

    B. von Traven said...

    I like that. The only thank you I get is from "anonymous." Thanks, mom.