(Mike Koozmin/2014 S.F. Examiner)

(Mike Koozmin/2014 S.F. Examiner)

A timeline of CCSF’s accreditation battle

City College of San Francisco’s accreditor announced Friday that the college will hold onto its accreditation for seven years, lifting a shadow of uncertainty that has been cast over the college for at least half a decade.

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Here’s a look back on how CCSF got here:

July 2, 2012: The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges places City College of San Francisco in “show cause” status, which happens when the commission finds that an institution is in “substantial non-compliance” with the commission’s eligibility requirements, accreditation standards or policies, or when the institution has not responded to imposed conditions.

July 3, 2013: The ACCJC announces it will revoke CCSF’s accreditation in 2014.

July 8, 2013: The California Community Colleges Board of Governors puts CCSF’s special trustee Robert Agrella in charge of all decision-making at the school, stripping CCSF’s elected Board of Trustees of power.

Aug. 22, 2013: The City Attorney’s Office files a lawsuit against the ACCJC, contending the commission was motivated by politics when it announced CCSF’s loss of accreditation.

Oct. 17, 2013: Art Tyler, the former head of Compton College, is named chancellor of CCSF.

Jan. 2, 2014: San Francisco Superior Court Judge Curtis Karnow rules CCSF cannot be stripped of its accreditation until the outcome of the lawsuit between the ACCJC and City Attorney’s Office.

March 25, 2014: The Board of Supervisors unanimously approves a resolution calling on then- State Community College Chancellor Brice Harris to restore power to CCSF’s elected Board of Trustees.

June 11, 2014: The ACCJC announces a new policy called “restoration status” that would give CCSF more time to meet accrediting requirements. CCSF was required to apply for this status, which it was ultimately granted.

July 21, 2014: The ACCJC confirms its 2013 decision to terminate CCSF’s accreditation.

Oct. 27, 2014: Trial begins between the ACCJC and City Attorney’s Office in the lawsuit claiming the commission treated CCSF unfairly in its review process. The suit also called for the court to overturn the ACCJC’s decision in July 2013 to revoke the college’s accreditation.

Oct. 31, 2014: Live testimony ends in the trial between the ACCJC and City Attorney’s Office over whether the accrediting commission unfairly evaluated CCSF.

Jan. 14, 2015: CCSF is granted restoration status, allowing the school two more years to meet all of its accrediting requirements.

Feb. 17, 2015: Judge Curtis Karnow orders the ACCJC to reconsider its 2013 decision to revoke CCSF’s accreditation. That decision marked the final ruling in the lawsuit between the commission and City Attorney’s Office.

June 5, 2015: Art Tyler steps down as chancellor of CCSF. Susan Lamb is named interim chancellor.

July 2015: CCSF elected trustees regain authority over all aspects of the school.

July 29, 2016: CCSF submits its self-evaluation report to the ACCJC, providing evidence as to how the school has met its accreditation requirements.

Oct. 10-14, 2016: An accrediting team visits CCSF ahead of its decision on whether the school will retain its accreditation.

Jan. 13, 2017: The ACCJC announces that CCSF will retain its accreditation for another seven years.
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