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Back to Class, Kids: CCSF Isn't Going Anywhere
Scott Lucas | Photo: Courtesy CCSF | June 11, 2014
A stunning turnaround for the embattled school.
Back to class, kids. Your college isn't going anywhere.
In a move that had been rumored last week but that nevertheless came as a surprise, the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges today announced that it would not be forcing San Francisco City College to shutter its doors. Instead, the ACCJC said that it would be changing its rules and allowing CCSF to remain in operation while it worked to fix issues that the Commission had raised during its review.
The commission's president told the Chronicle, ""This is not a free pass, but a careful process of holding the college accountable for implementing new and sustained practices that meet standards of quality within two years." Had the change not been made, CCSF would have had its accreditation revoked—and its classes closed—at the end of July.
In 2012, the ACCJC found that CCSF was in violation of fiscal, governance, and oversight norms, and ordered the accreditation revoked. That decision sparked a legal challenge by City Attorney Dennis Herrera, a political outcry from elected officials at the national and local level, and activist pressure from students, faculty, and staff.
Since the move, the state replaced CCSF's elected board with an appointed state trustee who had hired new administrations and worked to bring the system into compliance. Today's decision seems to vindicate that effort.
Although the commission is technical private, it is one of six oversight bodies regulated by the federal Department of Education that oversee standards at institutes of higher education around the country.