Chancellors meet with accrediting commission

S.F. Examiner file photoA recently released report from the state auditor's office found that the commission that revoked City College of San Francisco's accreditation could have given the school more time to meet accrediting standards.

S.F. Examiner file photoA recently released report from the state auditor's office found that the commission that revoked City College of San Francisco's accreditation could have given the school more time to meet accrediting standards.

City College of San Francisco has met nearly all of its accreditation requirements and deserves more time to finish the job, CCSF Chancellor Art Tyler and California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice Harris told the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges Wednesday.

The meeting — the commission's second and final scheduled meeting of the year on in Sacramento — was not open to the public, but Tyler told The San Francisco Examiner on Thursday that he and Harris pleaded CCSF's case before the commission for about 20 minutes.

“They listened,” Tyler said. “They did not make any comments.”

Commission spokesman Dave Hyams called the meeting “cordial,” and said there was “nothing new to report.”

Last summer, the commission voted to revoke CCSF's accreditation effective July 31 unless the school came into compliance with certain standards. The commission has asserted it doesn't have the power to extend that deadline, but a growing list of politicians have publicly disagreed, citing a letter from the U.S. Department of Education.

An injunction prevents the commission from taking action next month due to an impending trial between the City Attorney's Office and the commission, but Tyler said enrollment could drop next fall if the commission doesn't rescind their decision.

“We are doing remarkable work,” Tyler said. “There's nothing worse that can happen … than to have people sitting on the sidelines because they're questioning whether or not we're a good investment of their time.”

The commission also met in closed session on Thursday, and will hold its public portion of the meeting on Friday. The topic of CCSF is not on the public agenda.

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