The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges released news todays that City College of San Francisco's accreditation has been revoked, saying it does not meet program criteria and no longer has "quality assurance." This means that the college will no longer qualify for state or federal financial aid. The accreditation will go into effect July 2014, unless college official can appeal the decision.
According to the ACCJC press release, myriad problems at CCSF prompted the decision:
At its June 2013 semi-annual meeting, the Commission determined that CCSF had fully addressed just two of the 14 recommendations for change and corrected few of the deficiencies identified in the Commission's July 2012 Show Case sanction letter. The Commission cited the lack of financial accountability as well as institutional deficiences in the area of leadership and governance as the main obstracles to the College's turnaround. Additionally, CCSF is significantly out of compliance with many Accreditation Standards, including standards for instructional programs, student support services library and learning support services, and facilities."
"An institution that does not meet accreditation standards cheats its students and its community," said American Council on Education President Molly Corbett Broad in a statement. "It is apparent that dramatic change is needed at the City College of San Francisco so that the institution can better serve its 85,000 students."
The college's board of trustees will no longer be involving in the running of the school. For the next year, the college will be run by a special trustee appointed by The California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office.
College officials are expected to appeal the decision, possibly delaying the school's closure.