Update on the case for protecting open-access education

Still_StrongOn Jan 2, 2014 SF City Attorney was successful in preventing the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) from taking back CCSF’s accreditation before there’s a full trial to investigate the ACCJC’s allegations.

This is great news! Our department remains fully accredited, with classes that fulfill CCSF graduation requirements (D, E, G, H), can be taken for honors, and classes students can transfer to the University of CA and State University (UC/CSU)!

The quality of education at CCSF has never been an issue and we are committed to offering high quality and relevant classes and Certificates of Achievement!

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Here are some quotes from the press release issued by the City Attorney’s office:

In issuing the injunction, the court recognized that [City Attorney] Herrera’s office is likely to prevail on the merits of his case when it proceeds to trial, and that the balance of harms favored the people Herrera represents as City Attorney. On the question of relative harms, Judge Karnow’s ruling was emphatic in acknowledging the catastrophic effect disaccreditation would hold for City College students and the community at large.

Herrera’s action, filed on Aug. 22, alleges that the commission acted to withdraw accreditation “in retaliation for City College having embraced and advocated a different vision for California’s community colleges than the ACCJC itself.” The civil suit offers extensive evidence of ACCJC’s double standard in evaluating City College as compared to its treatment of six other similarly situated California colleges during the preceding five years. Not one of those colleges saw its accreditation terminated.

Recent coverage:
San Francisco Bay Guardian: City College saved, for now (update)

SFGate: Judge blocks CCSF accreditation revocation

SF Bay View: City College wins reprieve, as court enjoins ACCJC from terminating accreditation

Tim Redmond’s 48 Hills blog: A huge victory for City College