In the continuing saga of City College of San Francisco (CCSF)'s credentials, the Chronicle reports that CCSF leaders have applied to restore its accreditation as a learning institution.
Inside Higher Ed reports that this move may give CCSF more time to fix its problems, which include raising standards for instructional programs, improving library and student services, and upgrading their facilities. Currently, CCSF is in risk of closure, displacing over 80,000 students.
Originally, CCSF's application to restore accreditation was turned down by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC), according to a July 28 letter from Chancellor Arthur Q. Tyler that was posted on the school's website. The commission had planned to revoke CCSF's accreditation on July 31.
"We also emphasize that CCSF is participating in this process because it simply has no other administrative option at this time," Tyler writes in the letter. "The submission of this Request and any other activities related to the restoration process in no way constitutes a waiver of CCSF's ability to contest the appropriateness of the imposition of this disadvantaged (and unprecedented) status or its terms in the future."
The application was accepted two days later, according to a letter response from ACCJC president Barbara A. Beno, which was also posted on CCSF's website.
The commission will make its decision on whether to grant CCSF restoration status no later than January, according to the Examiner, and the school will remain open going into the fall semester, which starts August 18.
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