City College of San Francisco (CCSF) was notified a year ago by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) that it had to make significant improvements in its leadership and financial administration and show cause as to why it should not lose its accredited status. On July 3, 2013 the ACCJC announced that CCSFhad fully addressed just two of the 14 recommendations made by the commission. The commission said that the school suffers from a lack of financial accountability and deficiencies in leadership and governance. As a result ACCJC plans to terminate CCSF’s accreditation on July 31, 2014.
A loss of its accredited status would make CCSF ineligible for federal and state funding, which is vital for its operations, and its students ineligible for public financial aid. If it does, in fact, lose its accreditation, CCSF will likely have to shut its doors to its 85,000 students.
The school is requesting a review of the commission’s decision and if the decision to revoke is upheld, CCSF will appeal the revocation; both steps will take several months. During this time, CCSF will remain open and accredited. The CCSF website encourages students to “continue pursuing your dreams at City College” and that they are now accepting applications for the Fall 2013 semester.
In the meantime, the California Community Colleges Board of Governors voted unanimously to allow the appointment of a special trustee to oversee SFCC while it struggles to remain open and oversee the appeal process to address all remaining deficiencies identified by the commission.
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