On Tuesday, students, and community supporters delivered over two-thousand petitions in the shape of bricks, symbolizing that now is the time to rebuild CCSF, to Susan Lamb, Vice Chancellor in charge of making decisions to cancel classes at our college.
We began at Ram Plaza and then marched to Cloud Hall chanting “we want knowledge, build our college!” Outside of Could Hall we engaged VC Lamb in an impromptu Q&A. Many students spoke passionately about their educational goals and the increasing roadblocks to getting classes at CCSF.
AFT 2121 President Tim Killikelly and others argued that class closures made little sense in the context of stabilization funding approved by the State legislature. Despite stabilization funds VC Lamb said CCSF must cancel classes to show the accreditors and others that the College is using resources “efficiently.”
Now is the time to stabilize and grow our classes. We demand that CCSF administration focus on building our college and halt the downsizing of programs!
The ACCJC shot themselves in the foot last week by admitting in a court filing that members of its evaluation team recommended a less-severe penalty than “show cause.” The Commission “confirmed as undisputed that ‘nobody on the 2012 evaluation team suggested that the recommendation to the commission should be to place City College on show-cause status.’”
This is yet another example of how the ACCJC’s show cause and disaccreditation decisions were wrong. Click here for the full story from the Chronicle of Higher Education and here for the story from the LA Times.
The academic calendar for the school year has four (4) flex days, two (2) are Professional Development and two (2) are Independent Flex days.
Professional Development flex activities include workshops and meetings held at CCSF that acquire CCSF assigned CRN numbers. Hours in excess of the required amount can count as Independent Flex activities. There is no carryover from one year to the next.
Independent Flex activities are those relevant to one’s professional growth at CCSF or to faculty assignment and include workshops, conferences, seminars, individualized study, research, or other work that is not part of a faculty member’s regular work assignment. Faculty are to report Independent Flex activities on a form at the end of the academic year.
Full-time faculty obligation: 5 hours of flex activity per Flex Day.
Part-time faculty and pay by load:
60% 3 hours per Flex Day
50% 2.5 hours per Flex Day
40% 2.0 hours per Flex Day
20% 1.0 hour per Flex Day
Part-time faculty paid hourly: flex obligation equals the number of hours otherwise scheduled to work on Flex Day.
All part-time faculty must make a good faith effort to attend Professional Development activities but may substitute Independent Flex activities if other ongoing outside obligations conflict.
To see the full agreement on Flex Day activities, please see flex day req.
Come meet the CCSF Board of Trustees candidates next Thursday, August 14.
Pierre Coste Dining Room
Lunch served, 12:30pm
Legal Update, 12:45pm-1:45pm
COPE meeting 2:00-4:00
Join us to hear the latest on the City Attorney’s lawsuit against the ACCJC and meet candidates for the upcoming Board of Trustees election in November. We need all of our voices to be heard during these challenging times. Come participate in a Q&A with CCSF trustee candidates at our COPE meeting. After the Q&A members will vote to endorse trustee candidates.
If you would like to come to the lunch and the legal update, please RSVP to Ona Keller (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Tuesday, August 12.
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 first Delegate Assembly meeting of the semester will be Tuesday, August 26 from 3pm-5pm in MUB 251 on Ocean Campus. Click here for the agenda and click here for the unapproved minutes from May 20, 2014.