Saturday, January 4, 2014

Temporary reprieve for City College of San Francisco

New Life for CCSF (Inside Higher Ed)
     Supporters of City College of San Francisco have won a temporary reprieve in their quest to prevent the college from losing its accreditation in July.
     A San Francisco Superior Court judge on Thursday granted a partial injunction to block the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) from yanking the college’s accreditation until after a lawsuit filed by the city attorney, Dennis Herrera, can be resolved.
     Herrera last August filed a legal challenge to the accreditor, claiming that political bias, improper procedures and conflicts of interest improperly influenced its scrutiny of the financially mismanaged college. Faculty unions also filed a separate lawsuit to halt and reverse the accreditor’s actions.
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     The City College tussle has become heavily politicized, and is being watched closely in Washington. The court’s ruling this week is the latest of several dramatic and unusual developments in the accreditation saga.
     For example, the U.S. Department of Education last year sent a harshly critical letter to the commission [i.e., the ACCJC] for its handling of the college’s review. Faculty and students subsequently called for the commission to lose its federal recognition. They were joined in those calls by two Bay Area members of the U.S. House of Representatives.
     But last month a federal panel gave the accreditor a year to come into compliance with the Education Department’s standards….
City College of San Francisco Will Fight in Court For Accreditation; Major Win For School (University Herald)

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