Bribery Plea Triggers Accreditation Probe

HOUSTON — The governing body that oversees the Houston Community College System is seeking “to determine if there is evidence of significant accreditation related issues,” according to a letter obtained Tuesday by The Texas Monitor.

The letter is additional evidence of the increasing fallout that began this summer when HCC Trustee Chris Oliver’s guilty bribery plea was announced. Oliver, the longest-serving board member, admitted in court that he pocketed $12,000 from a major HCC vendor in a contract-steering scheme.

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