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City College of San Francisco Asks Accreditor to Reverse Its Punishment


The Chronicle of Higher Education.  August 22, 2013.  The City College of San Francisco on Tuesday asked the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges to reverse its decision to revoke the college’s accreditation next year. But the college did so without citing the mistakes that the U.S. Department of Education found the commission had made in its evaluation of the college, a choice that upset some faculty members and others. Last week the department put the commission itself on the defensive, when it warned the commission that it could face sanctions if it does not correct problems that the department said put it out of compliance with certain federal regulations. The department’s warning was a response to a complaint filed by the California Federation of Teachers, which accused the commission of violating the law and being biased by conflicts of interest when it decided to punish the college.

“I believe that if the college changes direction and begins to attack the commission, rather than working with it to correct the problems in the institution, it will jeopardize our ability to maintain accreditation,” Robert Agrella, the state-appointed “special trustee” who has run the college since early July when state officials suspended its Board of Trustees, said in an e-mail to employees posted on the college website.

Agrella told the employees that the federal findings resulted from complaints by the American Federation of Teachers Local 2121, not the college, which has long urged the faculty union not to shoot the umpire.

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