Calif. accreditor changes policy at 11th hour

After first refusing to reconsider its decision to revoke the accreditation of City College of San Francisco, the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges on June 11 announced a change of policy that does allow for the college to apply for a “restoration” of its accreditation. The process would avert the immediate crisis of closure and also remove the uncertainty under which students and employees currently are operating. The new policy, which isn’t final until the end of a two-week public comment period, would let any college threatened with loss of accreditation apply for its restoration before the revocation deadline, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

For City College, that deadline is July 31 (although a court injunction will keep the college open and accredited). On the other hand, reprieve or not, the peculiar behavior of the ACCJC still raises concern, says Tim Killikelly, the new president of AFT 2121, the local that represents faculty, counselors and librarians at the college. “This latest move, made under extraordinary pressure, seems more designed to save ACCJC than to save CCSF,” writes Killikelly in a letter to members posted on the local’s website. Many are calling the ACCJC a “failed institution” in need of new leadership. And the San Francisco city attorney, who is preparing a case against the ACCJC due to come to trial in October, says he will proceed with his suit.

[Barbara McKenna]

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