(Ekevara Kitpowsong/ Special to S.F. Examiner)

CCSF officials: Self-evaluation shows college meets accreditation standards

City College of San Francisco is expected to meet all of the requirements to remain accredited.

That’s according to a recent self-evaluation from the college that will be used to help the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges decide whether to keep CCSF accredited early next year.

CCSF’s Accreditation Liaison Officer Kristen Charles presented the self-evaluation to the Board of Trustees on June 24 and went through the main standards for accreditation, which she said the college has satisfied.

The Board of Trustees is scheduled to vote on the self-evaluation next week before CCSF submits it to the accrediting commission in August. The ACCJC plans to evaluate the college during a site-visit this fall before determining whether the college has met the standards and will hold onto its accreditation next January.

“This document shows and needs to show that we meet all accreditation standards,” said CCSF Board President Rafael Mandelman. “A lot of good work has been done to go through the areas the ACCJC and the college have identified as potential problems.”

Such concerns included the inequitable distribution of student services at its campuses throughout San Francisco and the codifying of its decision-making processes, problems which the college has worked to address in recent months.

At the June meeting, CCSF Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Development Samuel Santos said the college has over the last six months identified seven core services that it offers, and allocated faculty and classified staff like counselors to campuses across The City.

“What we’re doing now is putting all of the pieces together, creating clear access points for all of our students at all of our centers,” Santos said. “We have the services at the centers, the big piece now is turning the corner and making it clear and obvious to students that there’s a change and a shift, that they don’t have to come to Ocean [the main campus].”

In response to the presentation, Interim Chancellor Susan Lamb said at the meeting the report shows the college is “in a good place.”

“We are not perfect,” Lamb said. “We recognize that.”

Lamb pointed to a recent security breach where the Social Security numbers of thousands of students were potentially compromised, but said the college addressed the issue effectively with a plan.

Amid the accreditation crisis, which has resulted in declining student enrollment and as a result worry for college administrators who are scrambling to secure funding for the institution in the future, CCSF has been locked in labor negotiations with the faculty union.

The union and administration are scheduled to meet twice more for fact-finding sessions on July 6 and July 14 to help settle the labor dispute.


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