SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Faculty Association of California Community Colleges (FACCC) is outraged by the unwavering decision by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) to deny an extension to City College of San Francisco (CCSF) to correct the issues threatening the institution’s accreditation.
Although the U.S. Department of Education explicitly declared that ACCJC has authority to extend the deadline for CCSF, the ACCJC maintains that approach is impermissible under federal law. In a letter to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, the Commission noted that “ACCJC has determined that it cannot legally maintain CCSF’s accreditation while giving it another opportunity to comply with accreditation standards. New evaluation of the college while maintaining its accreditation…is not permissible under federal law.”
“The ACCJC’s position is completely unacceptable and downright irrational. There is no longer any semblance of operating in the public good,” noted FACCC Executive Director Jonathan Lightman. “They are deliberately misstating federal law, with a consequence of harming tens of thousands of students, faculty, and staff.”
“CCSF has done an incredible job in curing its deficiencies. Ignoring all of the progress is beyond insulting; it is downright destructive.” Lightman concluded, “Thankfully, there will be a full scale judicial review within the context of a trial before final action is taken. All of us anticipate the courts will have a better understanding of the law than the ACCJC.”