Don’t Revoke College’s Accreditation


Target: Barbara A. Beno, President of Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges

Goal: Restore accreditation to City College of San Francisco

The biggest college in California, City College of San Francisco, is about to lose accreditation, stripping the institution of federal funding and most likely its ability transfer credits to other universities. A school that teaches more than 85,000 students is too large to have something as vital as its accreditation revoked, which will likely lead to its closure. Take action and demand that the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, or the ACCJC, restore accreditation to City College of San Francisco.

The ACCJC is a federally recognized nonprofit regional agency, but according to Tim Paulson of the San Francisco Central Labor Council, the ACCJC is an organization that is accountable to no one. With its decision to revoke the school’s license of accreditation, Paulson points out that if the school closes, more than 2,500 people will become unemployed. Recently, a complaint was filed with the U.S. Department of Education against the ACCJC by the California Federation of Teachers, alleging that the organization destroyed documents to impede a federal review of the commission’s actions concerning City College of San Francisco.

In this economic climate, it is irresponsible for the ACCJC to discredit a place of learning that so many Californians rely on as a stepping stone to higher education and career training. This community college must stay open to educate future generations. Challenge the ACCJC’s decision to deny accreditation to City College of San Francisco and sign this petition.


Dear Barbara A. Beno,

I am very disappointed in your organization’s decision to revoke accreditation from California’s largest junior college, City College of San Francisco. If this revocation were implemented, the school would be illegitimized and surely be put on the path of closing its doors to current and future Bay Area residents looking to pursue higher education.

Even though the commission states that the school only met two out of its fourteen recommended conditions to retain its license, the consequences of revoking accreditation completely are too dire for its actual execution. 85,000 students will suddenly not be able to transfer their credits to a four year university, receive financial aid, or even enroll in the school at all, and 2,500 men and women will be out of work.

With an award-winning journalism department, highly competitive professional programs like the RN program, and a student approval rating of 85.9 percent according to a 2010-2011 poll, I have to ask what is so troubling about the quality of education at this school that would move your commission to deny it accreditation? Do not leave thousands of workers and students stranded, and reverse your decision to revoke accreditation from City College of San Francisco.


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