Reaction to ACCJC Announcement Revoking Accreditation of CCSF

For background information, read Hank Reichman's "What Happened at City College of San Francisco?" on Academe Blog.

September 6, 2013 Update: Read the comments (.pdf) by Professors Kimberley Reiser and Jack Rossmann, chairs respectively of the AAUP's Committee on Community Colleges and the Committee on Accreditation, concerning the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI) review of the petition for continued recognition of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission on Community and Junior Colleges (WASC-ACCJC)

August 14, 2013 Update: In response to a complaint that Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges had violated the law and was biased by conflicts of interest in its decision to terminate the accreditation of the City College of San Francisco, the Department of Education has warned the accrediting commission that it is out of compliance with several federal regulations and could face a possible sanction if the problems are not corrected within 12 months. Read the Department of Education’s letter (.pdf). To learn more, read the stories in the Chronicle of Higher Education and Inside Higher Ed.

July 13, 2013 Update: Read about how the CCSF situation could impact elsewhere in the Diablo Reporter.

On July 3, the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges announced that it was revoking its accreditation of City College of San Francisco (CCSF), a two-year institution, effective July 2014.

In response, on Monday, July 8, the AAUP's Executive Committee issued a statement expressing its support for faculty, students, staff, and community members at CCSF; urging the ACCJC to reconsider its revocation of CCSF's accreditation and to meaningfully and publicly address the complaints lodged by faculty and others about its functioning; and charging  the AAUP Committees on Accreditation and on Community Colleges jointly to look thoroughly into the concerns discussed in this statement and to report the results of their inquiries to the AAUP Council as soon as feasible.

On Tuesday, a group of about 200 City College of San Francisco students, teachers, staff and supporters held a downtown rally. The group was organized by the SaveCCSF Coalition. 
Read more about the rally at and the statement by the Steering Committee of the CA-AAUP on the Revocation of Accreditation of City College of San Francisco.

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