Now that City College of San Francisco has applied for “Restoration Status” there is an urgent need for a closer examination of this unnecessary and flawed policy. We need the ACCJC to answer basic questions.
We need answers about the development of “Restoration Status” as a policy and the preposterous sham of the “remand” process that ended with the ACCJC denying CCSF’s Appeal. Who examined what new CCSF evidence? How long did anyone deliberate? Was there any deliberation?
We need answers to why “Restoration Status” sets up rules for CCSF to be shut down even if it meets a standard of “substantial compliance.” Other colleges remain open if they meet the “substantial compliance” standard. What is the logic of this policy? We need answers to why “Restoration Status” has no further right of appeal or review.
We need answers to why CCSF was not simply given a two-year “good cause” extension. The Department of Education in a letter to Leader Pelosi has stated that the ACCJC already has the authority to grant a two-year “good cause” extension. They have done this for many other colleges. Why not CCSF? Why was there any need at all to create “Restoration Status” for CCSF? We need answers to know what is the basic criteria for accepting CCSF to be in “Restoration Status”. There is no manual. If we are not accepted into “Restoration Status” will we be disaccredited. How will we know what criteria or processes exist to determine this?
We need answers to know if creating “Restoration Status” was part of a legal strategy to avoid going to trial in the Herrera lawsuit. The ACCJC has already used this new policy and the appeal “remand” to ask for the lawsuit by City Attorney Dennis Herrera to be stayed and ultimately dismissed.
We believe that the answers to these questions will expose the ACCJCs continued disregard for the future of the 80,000 students of CCSF.
AFT 2121 officers have sent the message below to Special Trustee Agrella in advance of his July “public comment” session, now held each month for one hour on the day that he makes decisions in lieu of the publicly elected (but ousted) Board of Trustees. The July 2014 agenda is here, and comments can be emailed to Dr. Agrella before 4pm on July 24th, or delivered in person from 4-5pm in MUB 140. Please join us! Read more ›
AFT members from around the country were unanimous in adopting our urgent call to redouble efforts for CCSF and fair accreditation for our colleges — and against the ACCJC.
Download the resolution: Emergency Resolution: Support Fair Accreditation and the Fight to Save Our City College of San Francisco
RESOLVED, that AFT redouble the fight to save CCSF and CA’s community colleges and reclaim the promise of quality public education for all, as well as continue the fight against ACCJC’s unjust actions in the legislature, in the courts, in the schools and in the streets to ensure that attempts by ACCJC to promote an inequality agenda, avoid accountability, and violate collective bargaining rights do not spread to other states and other accreditors, dedicating continued financial, personnel, and other resources; and
RESOLVED, that AFT take all measures to ensure that the ACCJC remains under severe scrutiny, including demonstrating to the DoE that it is not “widely accepted” by educators and should be de-authorized as a regional accreditor; and
RESOLVED, that AFT convene a taskforce on fair accreditation in higher education to study ACCJC and other accreditors in order to make recommendations for fair and appropriate accreditation practices
On Wednesday, CFT president Joshua Pechthalt and our AFT 2121 president Tim Killikelly submitted a joint public comment (download full comment here) to the ACCJC regarding the Commission’s proposed Restoration Status Policy. This proposed policy is not only completely unnecessary, it is also loaded with Draconian rules. Even if a college is granted “Restoration Status” and two years to be evaluated again, at the end of the two year period, ACCJC has the unbridled discretion to make any decision it wants with no opportunity for appeal by the college. So long as ACCJC insists on adopting this unworkable Restoration Status policy, which would put any college in this position at the absolute mercy of ACCJC, the draft of this policy should be rejected. More transparency and the right of appeal are what is needed–not more secrecy and absolute power. Read a summary of our union’s public comment to the ACCJC below. Read more ›
Last week AFT 2121 president, Tim Killikelly summarized the ACCJC’s Appeal Panel’s ruling on the CCSF appeal. Today, after careful analysis, the California Federation of Teachers (CFT) has determined the decision by the panel appointed by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges to review City College of San Francisco’s appeal of its disaccreditation to be invalid and that the ACCJC should repeal its “show cause” and disaccreditation orders. Read more…
The ACCJC’s lawyers are doing anything they can to try and stop City Attorney Dennis Herrera’s lawsuit. Next week, the ACCJC will ask that the suit be set aside or thrown out entirely. We need to show Judge Curtis Karnow that CCSF has lots of community support. Are you available to join us in court on July 16? Here are the details:
Our Day in Court (again)
Wednesday, July 16, 9:00 am
State Superior Court of the State of California
400 McAllister Street at Polk, Department 304
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 415-585-2121.
Also, if you can make phone calls to faculty and community members to ask them to come on July 16, please email organizer Athena Waid (email@example.com)
A resolution to continue the Special Trustee with Extraordinary Powers for another year is on the agenda of the next California Community Colleges Board of Governors meeting. We need to stop it!
July 7th at 12:00 pm
1102 Q Street, 3rd Floor
Sacramento, CA 95811
During public comment we will demand:
- that the BOG implement a process to restore our democratically elected BOT.
- that the BOG remove the ACCJC monopoly for California Community Colleges.
- that the BOG ensure a fair and transparent accreditation process.
AFT 2121 will be organizing car-pools.
Please contact Ona if you need a ride or can give one.