San Fransisco Examiner
September 1st, 2015
Oh, what a difference three years can make.
In that blink of an eye, the public went from telling City College of
San Francisco to shut up and take its medicine, to rallying at its side
and calling out its accreditors as bad actors.
The newest calls against the Accrediting Commission for Community and
Junior Colleges, the group that almost closed CCSF, are doozies.
Written by the state community college chancellor’s office’s Task Force on Accreditation, the report says the accreditation process that almost killed CCSF was riddled with problems.
“In private, most of the things in that task force’s report were
under discussion long before 2012 and 2013,” said Alisa Messer, former
head of City College’s teacher union, the AFT 2121. “People said, ‘Don’t
say those things in public, or they’ll come after you.’”
Among its failings in dealing with CCSF, according to the new report,
the ACCJC emphasized compliance over identifying paths to improvement,
gave unclear expectations for corrections, was not transparent, provided
inadequate training to its staff, and was inconsistent with federal