EUREKA — Two fewer California community colleges are at immediate risk of losing their accreditation, the seal of approval education institutions receive so consumers and government officials know they are meeting certain performance standards.

The Times-Standard of Eureka reports ( ) that Humboldt County's College of the Redwoods learned Wednesday that the agency that accredits colleges in the West had upgraded the school to a probationary status.

Cuesta College in San Luis Obisbo received similar news on Thursday, with its accreditation level raised to the least serious warning category, according to the San Luis Obisbo Tribune (

Both schools had spent the last year on the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges' "show-cause" list, the agency's most severe disciplinary sanction and just one step shy of revoking accreditation.

City College of San Francisco must submit a plan for retaining its accreditation by March 15.