That's the message local and federal officials have drilled into City College's accreditors in recent weeks. Representatives Nancy Pelosi and Jackie Speier; Assemblymembers Tom Ammiano and Phil Ting; and the state's community college government have all publicly pressured the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges to give City College an extension to prove its worth.
Finally bowing to pressure, the ACCJC may soon chang their own rules to save City College.
At a Dec. 26 hearing in San Francisco Superior Court, the City Attorney’s office argued that City College of San Francisco should not be shuttered, as long as San Francisco’s lawsuit against a regional accrediting commission remains in court.
The two-year community college, which serves roughly 85,000 students, was notified earlier this year that the regional Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges would terminate its accreditation in July 2014, rendering the school's degrees worthless.
The fight against closure of City College reached a new milestone yesterday when a federal judge struck down a motion that might have placed a lawsuit challenging the closure on shaky legal ground. Read more »
The oversight board that's demanding big, often unpopular changes at City College carries the name of the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, and it's approval is essential for any school that wants to get taken seriously. Without accreditation, there's no state funding, students can't get loans, diplomas don't count for much -- in other words, losing the ACCJA seal of approval is a death sentence.Read more »