Accreditors ask City College to voluntarily terminate its own accreditation

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Protesters at City College decry the changes brought by the Special Trustee, Bob Agrella, in the name of accreditation reform.
PHOTO BY SANTIAGO MEIJA/THE GUARDSMAN

Should City College commit educational seppuku?

That seems to be the idea the accrediting commission vying to close City College of San Francisco floated in a San Francisco Chronicle editorial Sunday, outlining a "new way out."

To save itself, they wrote, the college must terminate its own accreditation and apply for "candidacy" status, essentially applying to be accredited as if it were a brand-new school.

"Candidacy would allow City College a fresh start," wrote Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges Chair Sherill Amador, and Steven Kinsella, the co-chair. "It would have two to four years to complete its recovery and to ensure that it meets all accreditation standards."

The recommendation is the latest twist in a long saga over the fate of City College of San Francisco.

Last July, the ACCJC told City College its degree accreditation would be revoked in a year, which would force the college to close. When the news first hit City College saw its enrollment drop by the thousands. The school served as many as 100,000 students at its highest enrollment, but now has a student body of 77,000. The college's chancellor, Arthur Q. Tyler, noted the enrollment drop in a public letter.

Tyler strongly rebuffed the ACCJC's Chronicle editorial.

"As you may have heard it has been suggested by some that City College apply for 'candidacy status' as a mechanism for addressing our current accreditation process," Tyler wrote in a letter to the college community. "Let me be clear: we are not considering withdrawing our accreditation. To do so would severely harm our current and future students as well as undermine our current enrollment efforts."

The editorial from the ACCJC may signal that the accrediting commission intends to deny any appeals made by City College, higher-ed experts told the Guardian. City College's faculty union AFT 2121 President Alisa Messer agreed.

"The ACCJC -- or at any rate, two of its leaders -- have announced through this editorial that they have already decided to reject the college's appeal and move forward with disaccreditation," she told the Guardian. "Our concern all along has been that nothing CCSF could do would satisfy this commission. Unfortunately, this latest action appears to confirm that." 

Notably, despite all indicators to the contrary, the ACCJC editorial wrote "Internal discord at City College has prevented sufficient progress."

But in a Chronicle editorial written by Mayor Ed Lee and the California Community College Chancellor Brice Harris, the pair noted City College's tremendous progress in changing the school. These are changes the college community hasn't necessarily agreed with, leading to recent protests against the current administration. Despite this resistance, the pair of officials made an impassioned plea for the ACCJC to give City College more time to enact the less-than-popular changes.

"The commitment to reform and the accomplishments already made show that the college is on the right track," Lee and Harris wrote. "City College has earned the right to finish the job by setting itself back on course."

But the editorial penned by the ACCJC seems to rebuff any notion that they'll give City College more time, unless City College revokes its own accreditation.

"They just gave (Chancellor) Brice Harris, Mayor Ed Lee and all of San Francisco a giant F.U.," City College Trustee Rafael Mandelman told the Guardian. 

All along, politicians and the college's current administration towed the ACCJC line -- even though the accreditors advocated for City College to disinvest in its neediest students, take away important neighborhood campuses serving disadvantaged communities, and ignored the college community's wishes. 

On the other side of the imaginary line in the sand, the faculty union and student protesters have advocated against many of the changes proposed by the ACCJC, calling its actions unjust. City Attorney Dennis Herrera's lawsuit adopted the viewpoint of the the latter group, suing the ACCJC for using its position as accreditor to advocate for the "student success agenda," which aims to transform community college into degree-mills at the expense of students not specifically seeking degrees.

Stepping on their conservative, misinformed soapbox, the San Francisco Chronicle wrote an editorial lambasting Herrera and the advocates, last August.

"When you have a losing argument, change the subject," they wrote. "That's been the approach of certain City College defenders who want the attack an accreditation commission instead of the serious problems it has identified."

Even the state community college chancellor criticized Herrera's lawsuit, in an open letter penned just a few months ago. 

"Court intervention is not necessary to keep City College open,” California Community College Chancellor Brice Harris wrote. “Characterizations that the cases before the court are a ‘last-ditch’ effort to ‘save’ City College are inaccurate and will do additional damage to the college’s enrollment."

But Herrera filed for an injunction, which was granted by the judge, which would stop City College from closing until the legal proceedings have finished. The trial date is now set for October. 

With the ACCJC signaling it has no intention of allowing an appeal, Herrera's lawsuit, Mandelman said, may be the college's only hope.

"The state chancellor, the mayor, and the Chronicle have all said ‘this is the way the process will work and Dennis Herrera should not have brought the lawsuit,'" he said. "Now it seems quite likely that lawsuit will be the only thing that can save City College."

Comments

CCSF can go down in flames, costing the city and everyone else lots of money. Or just admit it is a terminally flawed entity and give up the ghost.

Let the poor thing die already.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 15, 2014 @ 2:06 pm

Dear Troll,

The best solution is for you to offer facts to support your claim. Unfortunately, that would require you to understand what facts are and that seems too much to ask.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 15, 2014 @ 6:47 pm

We're just debating how best to close CCSF at this point

Posted by Guest on Apr. 15, 2014 @ 7:09 pm

Have you read the report?

Posted by Guest on Apr. 16, 2014 @ 7:49 am
Posted by Guest on Apr. 17, 2014 @ 6:09 am
Posted by Guest on Apr. 15, 2014 @ 2:07 pm

Wait... they're actually serious?

They are seriously saying that the only way to "save" City College is to give up the fight?

I'm thinking this is actually a good sign. Suggesting something so ridiculous may be a sign that they feel they're going to get their clocks cleaned in court, so they're hoping to fool the other side into giving up the fight.

Posted by Greg on Apr. 15, 2014 @ 3:01 pm

They are suggesting that there is a path back to redemption, so that the entire institution may yet survive in some form.

Although I think CCSF is a deeply flawed institution I have always thought that some parts of it can be saved. This is a good option for achieving that.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 15, 2014 @ 3:12 pm

I know, troll. So sad. I feel for you. There might be some unincorporated parts of Kern County where you won't have to pay taxes for local educational institutions. You might feel more at home there.

Posted by Greg on Apr. 15, 2014 @ 4:52 pm

Even though all the experts have declared it to be a totally inadequate basket case college?

Luckily student enrollment is way down because of the fear it will close, so it may fail on fiscal grounds anyway, and good riddance.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 15, 2014 @ 6:44 pm

"Guest" is a default screen name. A person who posts as "Guest" could be just as rooted in the community as anybody else.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 15, 2014 @ 9:21 pm

mindless leftist ideology a troll. He thinks it means that he's won the argument but resorts to that tactic only when he is obviously losing it.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 16, 2014 @ 6:54 am

The reality is that the ACCJC is suggesting a course for CCSF which they themselves should be taking. The accreditation board will lose in court and this is a desperate attempt to cloak their own actions with a wholly underserved sense of propriety.

They hope in this way to cover for their own malfeasance and till the ground for a winger indictment of "liberal activists judges" when their plans are put asunder.

Posted by lillipublicans on Apr. 17, 2014 @ 2:17 pm

That's the funny thing about this. You don't get to decide.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 17, 2014 @ 2:36 pm

That may be, but if the party hacks on the board had done their fiduciary duty of oversight, CCSF would not be in this mess. They are the ones you should be mad at.

Posted by Charlie on Apr. 22, 2014 @ 1:18 pm

you're a willing or unwilling sock puppet for education profiteers, privatizers.

willing or otherwise, you are what you are.

a despicable human being and an anti intellectual white male.

Posted by Posted by Guest on Apr. 15, 2014 @ 3:12 pm on Apr. 15, 2014 @ 4:29 pm

racially sensitive.

But if that isn't bad enough, Joe identifies as Hispanic. Now, some Hispanics do identify as white but, either way, your gratuitous race-based insult remains unacceptable.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 15, 2014 @ 4:52 pm

He give me the burrito every night - soooooo good.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 15, 2014 @ 5:14 pm

How can the ACCJC hint in an editorial that it has made a decision while the college is still in the appeal process? Isn't this like a judge telling the press that a defendant is guilty before all the evidence is presented? Can't this be considered a gross abuse of the commission's power and grounds for terminating these commissioners or at the very least a reason to take them off the appeal committee? Very disturbing indeed.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 15, 2014 @ 6:43 pm

It's the board's job to decide whether CCSF can have accreditation and they have ruled that it does not.

Lawsuits are usually the last resort of a party that knows it is doomed and cannot prevail on any reasonable merit.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 15, 2014 @ 6:48 pm

Actually they are in violation of their own rules and procedures. They have an appeals process that they are completely ignoring. In a civil society, one at least shows deference to protocol.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 15, 2014 @ 7:13 pm
Posted by Guest on Apr. 16, 2014 @ 6:55 am

Oh I see; so some can break the rules and others must follow the rules? I'm sorry but, you contradict yourself by saying you believe one institution must be shut down because you believe they didn't follow rules and another institution needs to break the rules in order to do its job? Tell me more.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 16, 2014 @ 7:53 am

We need to start over with a smaller college that is fiscally viable.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 17, 2014 @ 6:09 am

Unfortunately, what may be happening is that the ACCJC is paving the way for more changes at CCSF by providing cover for the chancellor and special trustee. The chancellor's rebuff of the editorial by Kinsella and Amador makes him sound like a good cop. Never mind that faculty were informed today that the good cop is acting to destroy the diversity departments-a move probably desired by the ACCJC.

As for Lee and Harris-their notion of progress is comparable to Bush's views about peace. As they wrote, the administration (not the college) "has earned the right to finish the job." which consists of more slashing and burning.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 15, 2014 @ 7:59 pm

Unfortunately, what may be happening is that the ACCJC is paving the way for more changes at CCSF by providing cover for the chancellor and special trustee. The chancellor's rebuff of the editorial by Kinsella and Amador makes him sound like a good cop. Never mind that faculty were informed today that the good cop is acting to destroy the diversity departments-a move probably desired by the ACCJC.

As for Lee and Harris-their notion of progress is comparable to Bush's views about peace. As they wrote, the administration (not the college) "has earned the right to finish the job." which consists of more slashing and burning.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 15, 2014 @ 7:59 pm

this bad publicity is all thanks to the many pathetic pinheads who took matters upon themselves and now must face the blatant FAILURE of their actions. you personally make me sick. they are parasites and must disenfranchised by from ALL maters pertaining to CCSF hence forth.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 15, 2014 @ 10:55 pm

Time to close the circus tents. ....Have they bothered to start collecting student fees yet?

Posted by Guest on Apr. 15, 2014 @ 11:01 pm

doomed. Why risk your education and career by enrolling at a college that is deeply flawed and has no future?

Posted by Guest on Apr. 16, 2014 @ 6:56 am

I think Guest @7:59 has sussed out the truth of the chancellor (aka "Dr" Tyler) throwing the facult- gratifying bone of "candidacy is not an option", as if he will be the defender of CCSF and not oversee its demise.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 16, 2014 @ 12:11 pm

You nailed it. Faculty gets what it wants, a gamble.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 16, 2014 @ 8:26 pm

You nailed it.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 16, 2014 @ 8:32 pm

This is a Hail Mary pass to ward off the lawsuit, which looks increasingly likely to prevail.

It's always funny when those who want to destroy something to begin with, are suddenly giving advice on how to save that something. In internet parlance, I think that's called "concern trolling."

Posted by Greg on Apr. 16, 2014 @ 9:40 pm

The subject matter experts have already opined that CCSF is a dud.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 17, 2014 @ 6:08 am

Sooner this shithole called CCSF is wiped of the face of eartth with corrupt liberla mahine that voeted for people like Yee, Pelosi, Feinstein, and Boxer all fucking criminals, then let us not forget th king Obama (Idi Imin Obama) who is telling Putin to not be so criminl, really? With Obama nd his fucking thugs here calling the kettle black? CCSF teachers and staff all made sure the students, illegals, all voted Obama, the handful that didn't support him (Obama) were just short of murdered on campus, treated like shit for not towing the party line. FUCK CCSF motherfuckers!!! I will never forget what those fucking shite hting motherfuckers did, never!!! Got it, never. CCSF fucking criminal motherfuckers. Every fucking one of those teachers never stood up to stop the corruption, or foster dissention, so fuck eachand evey one of them, you stood by and let the cops beat us, let the administration railroad us, stood by and allowed the corrupt building and sub-contracting of labr to illegals, allowed white students to be fucked over, especially white males and gleefully torture all straight white males. FUCK YOU all of YOU!!! YOU fucking motherfuckers, and then after you and your crony fucks ruin everything like Detroit, you want evil whitey to come in and fix it. YOU motherfuckers take our money do not give us jobs, you rape us, hate us, and do everything to ruin us, thne you fuck up everything we build like CCSF, and then want us to fix it, well no more. COming soon revolution, and war. And to all those fucking cunts getting degrees and loving fucking over men, won't do much good in a ruined society will it? You fucking cunts. FUCK CCSF, fuck liberals, fuck anyone who isn't white, fuck women, all holes to be used and fucked, and fuck your bullshit. Sooner we get this on the better.

So ...
1. Obama a fucking liar, I was right
2. Liberals ruin everything, suprise.
3. FUcking illegals ruin everything, suprise.
4. Illegals ruin economy, suprise.
5. CCSF loves illegals, hates Americans,suprise.
6. Loves foreign students, more money, surpise you fucking idiots, I told you.
7. You fucking stupid white hating pigs, you stupid self hating white liberals, suprise.

FUCK ALL OF YOU MOTHERFUCKERS. FUCK CCSF, FUCK GOVERNMENT, FUCK YOU, FUCK LIBERLS, FUCK THE POLICE, FUCK PIGS, FUCK ALL YOU, MOTHERFUCKERS.

Posted by Liberla hater on Apr. 22, 2014 @ 9:59 pm

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