City College of SF to lose accreditat...

City College of SF to lose accreditation in 2014

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Vallejo, CA

#1 Jul 3, 2013
City College of SF to lose accreditation in 2014

Beset by mismanagement and unable to convince overseers that it had repaired extensive problems, City College of San Francisco will lose its accreditation a year from now and its elected Board of Trustees will be stripped of decision-making powers, the college learned Wednesday.

The decision by an accrediting commission allows the college of 85,000 students - among the largest in the country - to stay open until July 31, 2014, unless an appeal is successful or if the college can make enough progress to win an extension.

State law prohibits taxpayer funds from going to unaccredited institutions, so if the commission's decision stands, the college would probably be forced to shut its doors.

City College will appeal the decision, interim Chancellor Thelma Scott-Skillman said as she, Brice Harris, chancellor of California's community college system, and San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee announced the stunning verdict.

Harris said the college system's Board of Governors will appoint a special trustee "with extraordinary powers" next week to replace the trustees. That person will run the college with the aim of restoring it to full favor, Harris said.

Meanwhile, he said, students are encouraged to enroll, and the search for a permanent chancellor will proceed.

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