- Posted May 27, 2014 by
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Pressure Mounts against Accrediting Commission in CCSF Episode
Three more lawmakers from San Francisco have joined the bandwagon and have voiced their support for the City College of San Francisco.
The companion resolutions have been introduced by the State Senator Mark Leno and Assemblymen Phil Ting and Tom Ammiano. These resolutions have asked the Accrediting Commission for Community Colleges to extend the deadline of 31 July. This deadline was meant for CCSF to update themselves to according to the accrediting requirements.
Two resolutions would be heard next week in the house. These two resolutions are House Resolution 41 and Senate Resolution 47 and would put forward the support for CCSF for the first time officially.
Ting along with other lawmakers commented:” "Over two years ago, the ACCJC laid out major recommendations to City College in order to maintain accreditation,” "The college has worked with the state chancellor's office and the city and county of San Francisco to complete nearly 95 percent of the recommendations." Ting further commented.
Ting explained the whole issue further with the words:
"If the ACCJC revokes accreditation and puts over 80,000 students on the street without any viable alternative, we can only assume they have another agenda other than best interests of the students. With a little more time, I have complete confidence City College will be 100 percent compliant with the recommendations."
On the other hand Assemblymen Tom Ammiano has demanded the restoration of CCSF’s elected board. This board was replaced last year with a special trustee Robert Agrella. He said: “"The very least that the ACCJC can do is give City College some breathing space after everyone there has worked double-time to make improvements,"
Ammiano also called for making the city of San Francisco the very first priority at the City College. "However, the thing we should be seeing is reform of the accreditation process and restoration of the college's elected board. We need to get back to making students and the city of San Francisco the priority at City College." he said.
Senator Leno believes that extension of deadline is very important for the college to remain open. He said: "It is critical that the commission allow the school an extension of time to complete the remaining 5 percent, which would help ensure that the state's largest community college district remains open and continues to provide a pathway to careers for tens of thousands of Bay Area residents. Since the ACCJC has the clear authority to allow more time, it is extremely important that it does just that."
The three lawmakers are optimistic about passing the resolutions before the next meeting of the commission that is to be held in the dates of June 4-6.
It is also important to note that the July 31 deadline that has been given to City College is basically moot due to a trial between City Attorney’s office and the commission. This trial has resulted in an injunction which bars the CCSF’s accreditation loss till the trial is complete.
But with the lawmakers supporting CCSF, would definitely put pressure against the ACCJC.
Other important academic bodies like California Community Colleges board have also urged the commission to review its policy towards termination of CCSF's accreditation.
About the Author:
Jessica works with Arab Accreditation Council that has been operating in the gulf region for the past many years to improve and maintain the quality of education. It has presence in 10 different countries of the gulf and have already awarded accreditation licenses to different schools and colleges in the Arab region.