Student protesters are occupying the administration building at the City College of San Francisco after a clash with campus police on Thursday, involving a student being pepper sprayed and others subdued with batons, resulted in two arrests.
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.
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 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.
City College of San Francisco leaders need more time to come up with solutions to the school’s financial and management problems, and plan to ask for an extension on a deadline set by an accrediting commission, a school spokesman said Wednesday.
Hundreds of San Francisco City College students took part in a protest Thursday over the consideration of a cost-cutting plan that would consolidate the school’s nine diversity departments.