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City College of San Francisco Accreditation Revoked June 2014



July 3, 2013

We just received news from the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges about the status of City College of San Francisco (CCSF), a member of the League. Regretfully, while significant progress has been made at the college since being put on "show cause" in June 2012, the commission found sufficient deficiencies in meeting the standards and provided notice that the college's accreditation would be revoked in June 2014.

Significant progress at CCSF was made in the last year. Last August, Academic Senate president Michelle Pilati and I provided a participatory governance technical assistance visit, which led to an overall of the college's committee and governance structure.

The Accreditation Commission for Community and Junior Colleges is a peer-review membership association of 135 institutions, including 112 California community colleges. While some individuals and organizations have raised concerns about the commission's processes and standards, it is important to remember that our colleges are the commission. Every organization can improve, but it also requires the membership to identify and reach consensus on needed improvements.

City College is still open, and will be for this entire academic year. We will work closely with state and local leaders to ensure it stays open. Chancellor Brice Harris is expected to appoint a special trustee soon that will oversee the improvement process that is already underway.
I have full confidence that in the next year, with the support of the state and the hardworking the faculty and staff of City College of San Francisco will make sufficient progress to restore the institution to unsanctioned accreditation status.

CCSF is an amazing institution in one of the world's greatest cities. This has been a very difficult four years for California's community colleges, with a cumulative $3 billion in budget cuts. The sun has just emerged, and City College of San Francisco will continue to be an institution that we are proud to call a California community college.



Scott Lay
President and Chief Executive Officer
Orange Coast College '94

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Last Updated: 7/3/13