— POLITICO EXCLU — Rep. Nancy Pelosi urges U.S. Secretary of Education John King to deny the Accrediting Committee for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) its role as a recognized accreditor, saying it has shown no evidence of being a “quality, fair or reliable.” Pelosi, in a letter also signed by Bay Area Democratic Reps. Anna Eshoo and Jackie Speier, requested the Secretary’s assistance to the California Community College System — the nation’s largest — during a transition to a new accreditor, according to a letter obtained by POLITICO.
— The acreditation committee has been at the center of a controversy which has roiled the City College of San Francisco. In 2012, the committee raised serious questions about the community college’s financial and administrative management — and gave the institution less than a year to resolve them. A Special Trustee was appointed to help bring the college into compliance, but in July 2013, the group issued a decision to terminate CCSF’s accreditation. The three House members, in the letter this week, argued that since the original order from the accreditation committee, the college and its staff have “rallied together’’ to make tough decisions to get the college back on track. But they said that “unfortunately, AJCCC’s unfair and opaque actions continue to plague” the City College of San Francisco, and charged the committee has been guilty of “inconsistently applied accrediting standards.” Link to the full letter from Pelosi, Eshoo and Speier: http://politi.co/2cQi6Rd