The agency in charge of certifying the state's junior and community colleges has given City College of San Francisco two more years to comply with eligibility standards. For now, that decision -- made last week and announced Wednesday -- effectively ends a shutdown threat that has hung over the school for more than two years.
The vote by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (or ACCJC to its friends) to grant City College "restoration" status doesn't exactly amount to a clean bill of health.
The agency, which formally revoked CCSF's accreditation in 2013, has focused much of its scrutiny on the school's alleged administrative shortcomings and its financial condition. In a statement today, it noted that its most recent review of CCSF still finds the school out of compliance with standards in dozens of areas.
Nonetheless, the statement attributed to ACCJC Chair Steven Kinsella said:
“Although the evaluation team found 32 areas of continuing noncompliance, ACCJC’s judgment is that the College, assuming a concerted and good faith effort, has the ability to resolve these issues within the two-year [restoration] period. It has been the commission’s intent to help CCSF provide a quality educational experience to its students. CCSF has made progress and completed much work, and is focused on addressing the outstanding issues in time for its next review in two years.”
City College spokesman Jeff Hamilton told KQED's Zaidee Stavely the decision is "very welcome news" for the school, which serves about 80,000 students. "It affirms and acknowledges the tremendous progress we've made."