The state Senate has approved a pilot program under which some California community college campuses would offer four-year degrees in certain specialized fields.
About 300 college students from San Jose boarded buses Monday and traveled to Sacramento to urge lawmakers to favor a bill allowing community colleges to offer four-year degrees, a spokesman said.
The governing board for the California’s community college system will vote on a plan that would require students to maintain at least a C-average to remain eligible for a fee waiver.
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.
Students at California community colleges could see additional class options for short summer and winter sessions under a bill that passed the state Assembly on Monday, but those courses would come with a higher price tag.