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Two L.A. community colleges pass reviews, will keep accreditation

Los Angeles' Southwest College and Mission College will get to keep accreditation

Two Los Angeles community colleges passed evaluations that will allow them to keep their accreditation. 

Los Angeles Southwest College was warned last year to make sure that students taking online classes receive adequate tutoring, counseling and other services. The school had been put on probation the year before.

The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges found last month that the school was fulfilling all of its obligations.

The Novato, Calif.-based commission is one of seven private nonprofit regional panels authorized to award or end accreditation.

The group also found that Los Angeles Mission College had fulfilled nine of the commission's 14 recommendations and lifted warning sanctions against the school. The Sylmar school had been ordered to improve student outcomes, develop measurements to rate student achievement and learning, and make the college a research-based institution.

Mission College must fulfill the other five recommendations, including completing a comprehensive program review for all student services, by March 2015.

"Both colleges are to be commended," said Francisco Rodriguez, the chancellor of the Los Angeles Community College District, the nation's largest community college district.

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