Community college leaders voicing support for CCSF

A group of California community college leaders has organized a grass-roots effort to voice opposition to the commission seeking to strip City College of San Francisco of its accreditation.

As of Tuesday afternoon, 50 community college chancellors and presidents statewide had signed a letter to the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges in support of an extension for embattled CCSF, said Jack Beresford, a spokesman for the San Diego Community College District that is part of the effort.

“It’s a strong message of support for our sister institution and the 80,000 students in San Francisco,” Beresford said. “They want the ACCJC to use fairness in their treatment of City College, and they feel an extension would be consistent of that.”

For weeks, politicians have been calling upon the commission to extend CCSF’s July 31 deadline for accreditation revocation, which the commission has maintained it does not have the authority to do.

Meanwhile, the commission — which held its final meeting of the year last week — is expected to release a statement today on a “change in policy on termination,” ACCJC spokesman Dave Hyams said Monday.

In June 2013, the commission voted to terminate CCSF’s accreditation, effective this July.

But in January, a judge barred the accreditor from taking any action until a lawsuit filed by The City has been resolved. The termination was not linked to academics.

Losing accreditation would effectively force CCSF to close.

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