City College of San Francisco
The regional panel that decided last month to revoke the accreditation of City College of San Francisco effective next year is now under increased review itself after state legislators Wednesday approved a request to audit the organization.
There were about two dozen arrests early Wednesday morning at San Francisco City Hall, following a sit-in at the entrance of Mayor Ed Lee’s office by supporters of City College of San Francisco.
Students from City College of San Francisco took over City Hall Tuesday night, protesting a recent decision by a regional panel to revoke the school’s accreditation and to seek Mayor Ed Lee’s help.
City College of San Francisco teachers and their advocates say a decision to revoke the school’s accreditation should be overturned after the U.S. Department of Education issued a letter finding fault with the regional panel that made the decision.
Four members of the state legislature are pushing forward with efforts to help the school regain accreditation.
City College of San Francisco is under threat of closure, after the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) recently announced the college will lose its accreditation in July of 2014.
A coalition of students, faculty and other supporters are fighting to keep City College of San Francisco open, following last week’s announcement that the school will lose accreditation next July.
City College of San Francisco’s elected Board of Trustees has been stripped of its authority and replaced by a “special trustee” with unilateral powers to try and save the school from losing accreditation a year from now.
The agency that certifies two-year colleges in the western United States told City College of San Francisco on Wednesday that the school will lose its accreditation a year from now, a move that could lead to the closure of one of the nation’s largest institutions of higher learning.
A resolution introduced by San Francisco Supervisor Eric Mar that urges City College trustees to use new tax revenue to restore cuts from the school’s budget has passed.