City College of San Francisco to Lose Its Accreditation

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The New CCSF
So much for the valiant efforts of a few community college leaders, who tried -- or at least hoped -- to keep San Francisco's 85,000 student City College afloat. Today the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges voted to revoke the school's accreditation in a year, saying it's failed to address serious concerns about academic programming and fiscal management.

That means the school has one year to shape up, and it won't do so under its current leadership, says California Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris. In a brittle video message issued today, Harris described the loss of accreditation as a "death penalty" for City College, because it would strip students of their ability to transfer credits, while preventing the school from receiving state or federal financial aid. "We cannot allow that to happen," Harris admonished.

But he and other commission members don't trust the school's current board to fix things on their own, especially given their poor track record. At this point, the The California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office will appoint its own special trustee to step in and clean house. City College's current board of trustees will no longer have any decision-making powers.

"A bold plan of action is needed to rescue City College," said San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, who openly supported the plan and expressed "deep disappointment" over the school's inability to right itself over the past year. He agreed with the commission's report citing a lack of financial accountability, lackluster student services, poor leadership, barren libraries, and other deficiencies that inhibit the learning environment.

Of course not everyone agrees with those pronouncements. In April the California Federation of Teachers (CFT) filed a complaint
with the ACCJC, in which it essentially accused the agency of being drunk with power. Teachers accused the ACCJC of overstepping its own rules -- and federal law -- when it slapped City College with a "show cause" sanction in 2012. A statement on CFT's website says ACCJC has abandoned its commitment to quality control, and instead taken pleasure in doling out sanctions.

We're still waiting on an official comment from CFT regarding today's decision.

City College of San Francisco is the largest community college in the nation, and one of just a handful of affordable higher education options left in the Bay Area. The school has until July 2014 to appeal ACCJC's decision, lest it lose accreditation for good. In that case, it would likely shutter.


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塞繆塞繆
塞繆塞繆

This country only cares about Money and rich American people! So if your RICH your ok! But the rest of America always gets fucked! That's the American dream!

Emma Segasture
Emma Segasture

they can't and won't go down! too much at stake for the citizens of san francisco!

Emma Segasture
Emma Segasture

what happened!!!! that was a great place to study back in the day...how could they lose their accredited status!!!

Kevin Dowling
Kevin Dowling

Terrible- adults need to wake up and make decisions for their students and not for employees

Patrick Carroll
Patrick Carroll

The City College Board has been used as a jumping-off platform for SF politicians for decades. Board members were too concerned with their political careers to mind the store, and now their chickens have come home to roost.

Dave de Villers
Dave de Villers

This is unfortunate, but the problem is because of an incompetent BOT who mismanaged the college. Who hired these people anyway? Oh, that's right, they were elected by the citizens.

Tamara Rosado
Tamara Rosado

This is horrible. The only reason I stay in California is the reasonable cost of a good education. I've had so many great professors and classes here and at times, feel I learned more at CCSF than I did at Hopkins!

Bonnie Blake
Bonnie Blake

This is horrible and denies affordable education and or training that makes a difference in young people's lives.

Anna Shoriak
Anna Shoriak

Dammit. Was hoping my school would get their $#it together...

Steve Manciet
Steve Manciet

With that and high rents and everything else happening, sounds like a shitty place to live now, next!

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