Accrediting commission to decide on restoration status for CCSF

The accrediting commission for City College of San Francisco will decide this week whether to grant the embattled school restoration status, a newly formed policy that would give the college two more years to meet accrediting requirements.

However, it could be up to a month before an announcement regarding the decision is made, according to the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges. The college cannot appeal if it is denied restoration status, and CCSF Chancellor Art Tyler previously said he had “serious reservations” when applying for the status in July.

The ACCJC, which voted to revoke CCSF's accreditation in 2013, will meet for three days beginning today, during which time the commission will decide whether CCSF will receive restoration status. The school would remain accredited under the status.

The 19 commissioners will consider evidence provided by the college, as well as the report from the evaluation team that visited CCSF in November, ACCJC spokeswoman Eliza Chan said.

The decision will then be put to a vote among commissioners, and announced in the form of an action letter to the college within 30 days of the commission meeting. The first two days of the meeting will be held in closed session.

Meanwhile, the City Attorney's Office and the ACCJC are awaiting the outcome of a trial alleging that the commission broke the law when it tried to strip CCSF of its accreditation because it had unfairly evaluated the college in 2012.

Both sides delivered closing arguments in December, and a judge is expected to issue a tentative ruling this month. An injunction prevents the ACCJC from revoking CCSF's accreditation until the trial is complete.

Regardless of whether CCSF gains restoration status, the City Attorney's Office has told a judge that restarting the evaluation process of CCSF would be preferable. Restoration status requires CCSF to meet all accrediting requirements, attorneys wrote in their post-trial brief.

“Restoration maintains the integrity of flawed and tainted decisions,” the brief reads.

The ACCJC announced its new restoration status policy last summer after CCSF rejected the option of seeking candidacy status, which would have disaccredited the school. Losing accreditation would effectively force CCSF to close.

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