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REPORT BACK FROM DC

CCSF students Lalo, Win-Mon, JJ, Alma, and Jas outside Congressman Alan Lowenthal's office on February 23, 2017 
CCSF students Lalo, Win-Mon, JJ, Alma, and Jas outside Congressman Alan Lowenthal’s office on February 23, 2017 

These CCSF students, along with faculty and other stakeholders from all over California, traveled across country to Washington DC to offer three minutes each of public comment at the NACIQI hearing on ACCJC.
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The moving and powerful testimony (to be posted soon on saveccsf.org website) extended most of Wednesday afternoon and demonstrated substantial non-compliance of ACCJC with federal regulations. Much of the testimony challenged the claim that ACCJC enjoys “wide acceptance” by educators. The few questions asked of commenters largely focused on the concern about what would happen if ACCJC were removed.
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The last comment by Bruce Boyden, a Commissioner from Compton, ended close to 6:00 pm. The meeting was adjourned (one hour late) with discussion postponed until the following morning. 
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In past years the discussion has been robust and fruitful. This time there was no discussion whatsoever. Within 5 minutes of opening the meeting the motion to recommend an 18 month extension of ACCJC’s authority was moved, seconded and passed. If you blinked you might have missed it.
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The recommendation was consistent with the problematic staff analysis report. In a departure of style and content from previous reports, it appeared to whitewash lack of ACCJC compliance. For example, contrary to the 2013 report (as well as the Secretary of Education’s 1/4/2016 Appeal Decision) the 2017 report determined that the number of support letters were “compelling to demonstrate wide acceptance.”
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In addition to the fact that the letters were extorted from member institutions – one of ACCJC’s standards requires institutions to comply with ACCJC requests or risk loss of accreditation – their criteria for “wide acceptance” is suspect. According to a legally required survey on ACCJC’s performance, the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges (ASCCC) responded as follows:
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DOE Regulation                AGREE                      DISAGREE
602.12 (b)                              63.1%                             23.8%
602.16(a)(1)(ii)                      64.8%                             29.2%
602.16(a)(1)(iii)                     60.4%                             32.0%
602.17 (a)                              63.0%                             30.0%
602.18 (c)                              54.4%                             34.3%
602.20 (b)                              58.0%                             32.6%
602.25                                    56.5%                             37.1%
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It appears that 60% approval is considered “wide acceptance” by NACIQI.
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While the outcome is not a victory, neither is it a defeat. The ACCJC continues to be on a short leash with the DOE and we will remain strong in our fight for fair accreditation and defending public education.
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CCSF Wins Accreditation Battle – The War is still raging

1ecbd40b-caba-49dc-a7a4-c7a570653b6fACCJC Gives CCSF Full Accreditation for Next 7 Years

We are jubilant over this development. We claim and celebrate this victory for all the students, faculty, staff and community members who fought so hard!

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Read all about it:
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What you didn’t read in most of these articles:
This 5-year debacle should never have happened. It was never about accreditation standards, but rather, it was a political battle involving many players in addition to the ACCJC:  real estate developers aiming to downsize our college and take over prime public land; the California Business Roundtable aiming to turn the community colleges into corporate workforce training centers; the for-profit college industry; the student loan industry; and not least of all, Mayor Ed Lee and the state Chancellor’s Office.
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Although president Barbara Beno is gone as well as most of the commissioners who made the original decision to terminate CCSF’s accreditation, the ACCJC has not truly changed course. They are not taking responsibility for their mistakes and the grave harm they have done to hundreds of thousands of students statewide. The ACCJC remains a commission that is not widely accepted. We still need to testify before NACIQI.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Support Delegation to NACIQI meeting

The ACCJC is once again going before NACIQI in a fight for their survival.
This is our opportunity to FINALLY put this rogue agency out of business!
INSTRUCTIONS for submitting request to make oral comment at NACIQI meeting

ccsf goes to dc- Feb 22-24, 2017
Please join our delegation
We will fly out to Washington, D.C. for the February meeting to submit oral comment. Our delegations that went in December 2013 and December 2015 were influential in the ACCJC currently being on the harshest status short of de-authorized. If you are interested submit your request to make oral comment and then contact Wynd Kaufmyn for more information.

Deadline is February 15, 2017 to submit request to make oral comment INSTRUCTIONS for submitting request to make oral comment at NACIQI meeting

Be sure to sign the PETITION: ACCJC Does Not Speak For Me
Ask your friends at other community colleges to sign as well. And your sister and your brother and anyone you meet.

Please donate online to help fund this effort!
Or you can send a check made out to
Save CCSF Coalition
1249 Hayes St.
San Francisco, CA 94117

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The Brief Story:
The ACCJC gets its authority from the US Department of Education (DOE). Many of you are aware that, spurred by the CFT complaint filed in April 2013, the DOE issued a letter to the ACCJC identifying 15 federal regulations with which the ACCJC was out of compliance. They were given a year to come into compliance, essentially putting them on their own “show cause.”

The ACCJC will come before a NACIQI (National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity) hearing this February. NACIQI will consider various documents including ACCJC’s report, a staff analysis report, and written third party comments. Oral third party comments will be allowed at the hearing. Then NACIQI will then make a recommendation to the DOE as to whether or not to reauthorize the ACCJC.

A More Detailed Story:
Click here for a more detailed explanation of how the renewal process for an accrediting agency works and where the ACCJC is in this process.

 

Submit Comment to Delist the ACCJC – DEADLINE November 14th

INSTRUCTIONS for submitting written comment

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The ACCJC is once again going before NACIQI, a committee of the USDE in a fight for their survival. 

This is our opportunity to FINALLY put this rogue agency out of business!

PUBLIC COMMENT TO DELIST ACCJC IS OPEN – Deadline is November 14, 2016

In a very bizarre development, the hearing of ACCJC before the US Department of Education (USDE) on the issue of their reauthorization has been rescheduled from December 2016 to February 2017.

This is very unusual and we can only speculate as to the reasons. It is noteworthy that the decision of ACCJC on CCSF’s Restoration Status will be known by that date.

In the meantime, the public comment period has opened!  Please submit your written comment by the deadline of November 14, 2016.

INSTRUCTIONS for submitting written comment

And please consider joining our delegation that will fly out to Washington, D.C. in February 2017 to submit oral comment. Our delegations that went in December 2013 and December 2015 were influential in the ACCJC currently being on the harshest status short of de-authorized. If you are interested please contact Wynd Kaufmyn

Please donate online to help fund this effort!
Or you can send a check made out to
Save CCSF Coalition
1249 Hayes St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
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The Brief Story:
The ACCJC gets its authority from the US Department of Education (DOE). Many of you are aware that, spurred by the CFT complaint filed in April 2013, the DOE issued a letter to the ACCJC identifying 15 federal regulations with which the ACCJC was out of compliance. They were given a year to come into compliance, essentially putting them on their own “show cause.”

The ACCJC will come before a NACIQI (National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity) hearing this December. NACIQI will consider various documents including ACCJC’s report, a staff analysis report, and written third party comments. Oral third party comments will be allowed at the hearing. Then NACIQI will then make a recommendation to the DOE as to whether or not to reauthorize the ACCJC.

A More Detailed Story:
Click here for a more detailed explanation of how the renewal process for an accrediting agency works and where the ACCJC is in this process.

 

 

Stop the land grabs at Our City College!

accreditation bulliesEducation is not for sale!

Background

Over a month before the accreditation bombshell dropped on City College, the SF Chronicle ran this headline on June 1, 2012:  “S.F. City College can’t afford all its campuses: Trustees may have to close sites to save money, academic standing.” The article quoted the then-president of the college’s Board of Trustees, John Rizzo, saying, “I think we’re going to have to close some. They [the accreditation team] think we have too many campuses.” The Chronicle made no mention of the fact that it was highly unusual for an accreditation agency—charged with assuring educational quality—to advocate that a college “recoup its academic standing” through shutting down campuses, and later repeating in dozens of articles that the college was too “huge,” “a behemoth,” needing to “slim down” (read: serve fewer students on fewer campuses). All this suggests that a leading goal of the accreditation attack has been to downsize City College, justifying a takeover of irreplaceable public land by SF’s powerful real estate/finance industry. What’s hitting City College:

  • Moves to lease 33 Gough for 75 years to build luxury condos, directed by Sen. Feinstein’s huge CBRE real estate corporation. This process was started under complete secrecy during the state takeover, and continues today;
  • The disruptive closure of Civic Center Campus on a half-day’s notice in January 2015, evicting 1700 new immigrant students from their English classes, and clearing the way for real estate development (news alert: our students are not disposable!);
  • Mayor Lee’s railroading through a gentrification plan for the Balboa Reservoir, seeking to remake Ocean in the image of Whole Foods and Avalon. The mayor’s plan—though always hard to pin down—seems to be to build 500 units of mainly luxury condos, destroying many of the existing 1800 parking spaces essential to City College students and teachers, and not addressing the affordable housing crisis at all seriously. Furthermore, this 500-unit monstrosity would disrupt the neighborhood.  The mayor’s planners continue to ignore City College as the centerpiece of this area, as well as the need to complete our Performing Arts Education Center, twice approved by SF voters. See http://sf-planning.org/balboa-reservoir
  • And watch out for possible moves on (1) the Downtown Campus, to benefit the huge 5M real estate development of Hearst Corporation, also owners of the SF Chronicle—the newspaper that is the lead attack dog against CCSF; (2) the Southeast Campus, which the PUC may want to convert into an office building, possibly displacing 400 City College students and teachers.

In 2013, the then-chair of the Democratic County Central Committee, Mary Jung, was hired on as chief lobbyist for the SF Realtors Association, til she was voted off in June 2016—what could be more blatant?

We demand that our Board of Trustees advocate vigorously for these principles:

Public land for the public good, forever!
Our great- great- grandparents paid for and have built up Our City College since 1935.  It rightfully belongs to our great- great- grandchildren, not to the special trustee or the real estate industry! (Doesn’t the 1% EVER have enough?)

Parking is NOT optional at a commuter school!
We need all 1800 existing parking spots to re-build Our City College to full enrollmentcount them, it’s 1800, not 1000; plus we need parking for the Performing Arts Education Center, and 1:1 parking for new housing units. The idea that the tenth-richest city on the globe “just can’t afford” a parking structure would be laughable, if it weren’t drilled into our heads until we believe it.  Parking is not in the plans of the real estate developers, whose priority is to cram hundreds of thousands more people into our small city—that is the real dynamic.

Complete the Performing Arts Education Center!
Twice approved by SF voters, outrageously cancelled by a single man under the state takeover.  (Around the country, state takeovers with their special trustees/emergency managers, are tied to the stripping out of public assets into private hands.)

100% truly affordable housing is possible!
We want to see real affordable housing for teachers, staff, and long-time community residents, including students. Mixed-income construction should be mainly “moderate income” and “low income” units. We oppose even one more luxury condo in Our San Francisco, and we call for far less density than the mayor’s plan for the Reservoir! We seek full participation in real grassroots public planning by legitimate representatives of City College, the Communities United for Health and Justice, the Council of Community Housing Organizations, and all neighbors.

If SF, California and the feds would roll back all the corporate tax breaks and marginally legal tax evasion schemes, we could easily afford 100% affordable housing. Twitter’s epic tax break alone was worth tens of millions of dollars.  Thanks to its tax evasion strategies, Apple—the most valuable corporation in the world–pays only a two percent corporate tax rate, far less than every single person reading this statement.  Can SF find the money to rebuild City College enrollment, assure parking, and make a real advance on affordable housing?  It’s all about political priorities—and what we ourselves will stand for.

LandGrab Flyer v9 FINAL

This flyer was prepared by the Research Committee, based on material from the forthcoming Race, Poverty and the Environment special section on City College. For more information contact Allan Fisher: afisher800@gmail.com

Save CCSF Solidarity Statement with the Frisco Five

Our students deserve BOOKS NOT BULLETS!

End the gentrification of Our San Francisco and the destruction of Our City College!

 

The Save City College Coalition expresses its heartfelt solidarity with the Frisco Five and the struggle to end police terror in San Francisco, the Bay Area, and the US.  These dedicated community members had been on a disciplined hunger strike since April 21 at the Mission Police Station, and were then hospitalized– Cristina Gutierrez, Ilyich Sato, Ike Pinkston, Selassie Blackwell, and Edwin Lindo.    We support the demands of the hunger strike and the call to fire chief Greg Suhr.  To have Suhr continue after the wave of recent killings of Alex Nieto, Amilcar Perez-Lopez, Mario Woods and Luis Gongora would be nothing less than impunity for murder.

 

The City College community feels these killings very personally:

  • Alex Nieto and Amilcar Perez-Lopez were City College students when they were murdered by the SFPD. In fact, Alex Nieto went to childcare at a City College day care center, a center that was closed down in one of the first actions of the hostile state takeover of City College supported by Ed Lee.  City College Professor Ben Bac Sierra was a mentor and friend to Alex;
  • One of the hunger strikers, Equipto or Ilych Sato, was a City College student;
  • Mario Woods went to Balboa High School.

 

The young people being killed are from the same Black, Latin@ and marginalized communities being evicted from San Francisco by gentrification and police terror, and from City College through downsizing, student push-out policies, and the degradation of education and educators.

 

The Save City College Coalition of students, faculty, staff and community people is fighting hard against administration and state policies that seek:

  • The elimination of numerous Diversity Studies classes
  • The administration’s plan to cut 26% of classes from the schedule
  • Policies that push out students with academic challenges—the very students who need City College the most
  • Larger classes that undermine student equity efforts
  • Land grabs of public property such as the disruptive sudden closure of the Civic Center Tenderloin campus that used to serve new immigrants learning English
  • The increase in the proportion of “freeway flyer” part-time teachers without the time to work with students after class

 

We are fighting hard for a Free City College, so that people like Alex Nieto, Mario Woods, Amilcar Perez-Lopez and Luis Gongora can have BOOKS NOT BULLETS. We are fighting to reclaim both our collective Right to the City, and Education as a Human Right.

 

Support the Frisco Five Hunger Strike—tell Ed Lee to Fire Chief Suhr and make sweeping changes at the SFPD:    mayoredwinlee@sfgov.org, (415) 554-6141 

 

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