On Friday September 19, 2014, Judge Karnow issued a decision that rejected all of ACCJC’s motions and upheld a significant argument made by City Attorney Dennis Herrera’s team. This case will proceed to trial in October.
Here is a link to the City Attorney’s press release which includes a link to the full 40 page Summary Adjudication Ruling: http://www.sfcityattorney.org/index.aspx?page=610
City Attorney’s Statement on Ruling
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
WE HAVE MADE TREMENDOUS GAINS!
However, the fight is not over. We are still fighting for the college we want and the college all of our students deserve. We agree with the City Attorney who says that the issue at City College is the principle of ‘open access education for all’ versus ‘success for a few.’
COME TO HEAR UPDATES
Restoration, the legal suit, Board of Trustee status and elections, etc.
COME TO SET DIRECTION AND PLAN ACTIONS
To influence the BOT race, to lobby the Board of Governors to bring back our democratically elected BOT, etc. etc…
COME TO HELP SAVE OUR CITY COLLEGE
Keep our college a community college!
It is still unclear whether or not the CCSF Administration will decide to apply to the new status of “restoration” from the ACCJC. Some think it is a trap as reported in the San Francisco Bay Guardian. The California Federation of Teachers submitted a comment on the policy to the ACCJC explaining their concerns.
As the deadline approaches (July 31st) we need to let our administration know what we think about it. In addition to emailing the Chancellor (firstname.lastname@example.org) or the STWEP (email@example.com) you can attend the Chancellor’s listening session or make public comment for the next non-board meeting. (see below)
In the meantime, please write to Congresswoman Jackie Speier, one of our greatest allies, before it’s too late. Thank her for advocating for CCSF as we have struggled to save our college and urge her to tell the City College administration not to fall into the trap of applying for “restoration status.” The ACCJC already has the authority to grant a two-year “good cause” extension and has done this for many other colleges. Under “restoration status” the future of the 80,000 students who depend on CCSF remains in limbo while the ACCJC continues their preposterous bureaucratic brinkmanship. Click here to edit and send your message to Congresswoman Speier: help us prevent our college from falling into the trap of restoration status!
CHANCELLOR’S LISTENING SESSION
Come to one or both one-hour listening sessions scheduled with Chancellor Art Tyler to discuss any and all issues regarding the changes taking place at City College. Everyone is encouraged to participate – students, classified, faculty, and administrators.
Friday, July 18th, 2:00 – 3:00 pm - Ocean Campus MUB 140
Friday, August 1st, 2:00 – 3:00 pm - Ocean Campus MUB 140.
.PUBLIC COMMENT AT THE NON-BOARD MEETINGThursday, July 24th, 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Ocean Campus MUB 140
A resolution to continue the STWEP (Special Trustee with Extraordinary Powers) for another year is on the agenda of the next California Community Colleges Board of Governors meeting. We need to stop it!
Check out the Op Ed in the Examiner:
City College’s Board of Trustees Should Be Restored (http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/city-colleges-board-of-trustees-should-be-restored/Content?oid=2840093)
Join CCSF Trustee Rafael Mandelman, AFT 2121 President Tim Killikelly and many others at the meeting:
July 7th at 12:00 pm
1102 Q Street, 3rd Floor
Sacramento, CA 95811
During public comment we will demand:
- that the BOG implement a process to restore our democratically elected BOT.
- that the BOG remove the ACCJC monopoly for California Community Colleges.
- that the BOG ensure a fair and transparent accreditation process
AFT 2121 will be organizing car-pools.
Please contact Ona if you need a ride or can give one.
For immediate release
For Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Wendy Kaufmyn (510) 714-8687
Tarik Farrar (510) 388-1690
In a recent flurry of exchanges between the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC), Representative Nancy Pelosi, and the U.S. Department of Education (USDoE), the ACCJC has made claims that are at best misleading, and at worst intentionally deceptive. The Save CCSF Coalition supports Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Congresswoman Jackie Speier and Congresswoman Anna Eshoo’s call that “…new leadership is needed at ACCJC. The Department of Education should also consider whether to recertify ACCJC as an accrediting body.”
Offered here are just a few of the numerous examples of ACCJC’s failed leadership:
- The ACCJC claims that they “…moved to withdraw CCSF’s accreditation based on wide-ranging, long-term problems identified by peer institution evaluators through the long-recognized and effective process of peer review.”
What they fail to mention is that they are on their own “show cause” sanction for being out of compliance with four USDoE regulations, one of the four being that they violated this principle of peer review. The ACCJC failed to have a reasonable representation of faculty on the CCSF accreditation evaluation team.
- ACCJC claims that CCSF had “years of notice (nearly a decade) and failed to take effective action.”
What they fail to mention is that another one of the four reasons that they are on their own “show cause” with the USDoE is precisely because they did not clearly communicate and identify deficiencies that the institution needed to address in order to come into compliance. Bottom line: the clock did not start in 2006 when ACCJC gave CCSF full accreditation (albeit with some recommendations,) but rather in 2012. The follow-up evaluation team returned in April 2013. So, in fact, ACCJC gave CCSF only 8 months, not 2 years.
- The ACCJC claims that they cannot give an extension to CCSF; however, recent communications from the USDoE in addition to examination of their own by-laws and USDoE regulations prove otherwise. They can extend the time “for good cause”. What better cause than the 80,000 students who would be denied their right to higher education should CCSF close?
- ACCJC claims that candidacy status is the only way forward for CCSF; however, they acknowledge that for CCSF to continue to have access to federal resources, the USDoE would need to waive the normal two-year hiatus on eligibility for federal aid. This is by no means a given and is probably one of the many good reasons why CCSF administration has strongly rejected this route. Despite the lack of viability of this option, the ACCJC continues to push for it. Why? To abrogate union contracts? To avoid the litigation in progress against them?
Thanks to City Attorney Dennis Herrera, the ACCJC’s actions at this point are moot. A court injunction prevents them from revoking CCSF’s accreditation until the conclusion of the trial which will occur this fall. Herrera claims in his suit that the ACCJC is motivated by a political agenda. They seem hell-bent on proving him right.