Congresswoman Jackie Speier’s forum on “City College One Year Later” revealed a rising tide of discontent with the illegal, destructive actions of the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC). The audience applauded heartily when Deputy City Attorney Sarah Eisenberg was introduced as a litigator in SF Attorney Dennis Herrera’s suit against the ACCJC. After closing arguments on Dec. 9th, Judge Curtis Karnow will issue a judgment early in 2015 on whether the commission had indeed violated laws and their own policies, requiring a fresh start to accrediting City College. One of the defining moments in court involved a question from Karnow as to what the college – not a party to this lawsuit – would actually want with regard to a judicial remedy. Read more…
Our union, in conjunction with the California Federation of Teachers, has filed a new complaint with the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) regarding the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges’ continuing “…violations of federal requirements,” indicating “it lacks the capacity, competence and knowledge to serve as a recognized reliable accreditor.” The complaint alleges that “ACCJC’s procedures, policies and actions [...] adversely affect all California community colleges accredited by the ACCJC… threatening the opportunities of hundreds of thousands of students to continue their education at California community colleges.”
Our earlier complaint, filed in April 2013, resulted in a ruling from the USDOE demanding the ACCJC come into compliance with 15 violated accrediting standards. Since that time the ACCJC has faced lawsuits, a highly critical report from the state’s Joint Legislative Audit Committee, and legislation attempting to make the opaque agency’s decision-making more transparent. Closing arguments in the San Francisco City Attorney’s suit against the ACCJC were heard Dec. 9th; a ruling is expected in January.
Even so, the ACCJC has continued to violate various accrediting regulations, as detailed in this latest complaint. Access the new Dec 2014 complaint here.
Faculty workload has changed since CCSF was placed on “Show Cause” in 2012. To prepare for contract negotiations, AFT is gathering information about these changes in faculty workload. This includes additional work over and above normal duties, such as work on SLO’s and re-writing course outlines. We are also collecting data on the amount of work faculty do to prepare for labs.
Please fill out the survey here.
AFT 2121 has said in the past and is saying it again: any reorganization must:
1. Have the promotion of student success as its top priority
2. Clearly identify problems to be solved
3. Explain how these changes will solve these problems and lead to further student success.
The District has the authority to implement a reorganization. While there are work issues that were negotiated with the DCC, the reorganization, according to the District’s own words, is not something that is negotiated. Yet when asked by faculty at public meetings, District administrators have said they could not discuss the details of reorganization because they were subjects of confidential negotiations. Does that sound like genuine dialogue?
They further claim that the process that has occurred WAS the genuine consultation with the faculty. We all know that this is simply not true. In fact, the District has used this process to avoid having a meaningful college-wide dialogue about the wisdom of this proposed reorganization with the faculty.
We again call upon the District to take responsibility and engage ALL the faculty in a genuine dialogue.
Please sign the reorganization letter and come to Public Comment at the the next Board meeting Thursday December 18th, 2014 4PM at MUB 140 to let STWEP Robert Agrella know that we want answers to our questions about reorganization and a genuine, college-wide dialogue on any reorganization plan.
Advance registration by January 6, 2015, is required. The AFT 2121 Retiree Chapter cordially invites all CCSF faculty (full-time, part-time, active, and retired) to AFT 2121’s Sixth Annual Retirement and Financial Planning Day on Independent Flex Day, January 8, 2015, on the Ocean Campus. It’s free and it includes continental breakfast, lunch, great workshops and Professional Development flex activity credit for all activities. Get the schedule.
Our last Delegate Assembly of the semester will be Tuesday, December 16th from 3pm-5pm in on Ocean Campus, MUB room 251. All members are encouraged to attend.
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It has been one year since Congresswoman Jackie Speier held a town meeting at CCSF. She has been following the situation closely at CCSF and will be holding another Forum on Accreditation and CCSF. Panelists include Congresswoman Jackie Speier, Student Trustee Shanell Williams, and AFT 2121 President Tim Killikelly. We are honored that Congresswoman Speier is returning. Please join us!
Forum on Accreditation and CCSF
Monday, December 15th, from 9:30-11am
Ocean Campus, Diego Rivera Theater