CCSF accreditor appeals judge’s ruling to suspend accreditation loss

The agency that stripped the accreditation of City College of San Francisco has filed an appeal of a judge’s ruling to temporarily block the decision.

In January, San Francisco Superior Court Judge Curtis Karnow granted the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office a temporary injunction barring CCSF’s accreditation loss until the end of an ongoing civil trial between The City and the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges.

The City’s lawsuit alleges that the ACCJC unfairly treated CCSF in its accreditation review process and that there was the appearance of a conflict of interest during that process because the ACCJC president’s husband was part of the team that visited the school.

It could take up to a year before the appeal is heard, according to the California Court of Appeals.

The civil case in Karnow’s courtroom is scheduled for a case management hearing March 27.

In June 2013, the ACCJC voted to terminate CCSF’s accreditation, effective this coming July, unless the school came into compliance with commission standards and eligibility requirements. The termination was not linked to academics.

Losing accreditation would effectively force CCSF to close.

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