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CCSF Students, Faculty Push Back on Accreditation Troubles

Faculty, staff, and students at the City College of San Francisco held a press conference on Wednesday to outline their concerns following the college’s years-old accreditation battle, which has damaged the college’s enrollment, school officials say. “If you think it’s hyperbole to say it’s a crime scene, it’s not,” said Tim Killikelly, president of the faculty union. Since 2012, the city college has experienced...
Protesters demanding fair wages gather at San Francisco City College's Mission Campus in strike on April 27. Photo by Laura Waxmann

City College Students, Faculty Demand Fair Wages in Day-Long Strike

Some 25 teachers and students gathered on Wednesday morning at the Mission District Campus of City College to denounce unfair labor practices at the community college stemming from low wages paid to teachers. The chants of students and faculty members could be heard down the block from the Valencia Street campus, as protesters attempted to enter the campus but found...
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City College Acts to Help Students Transfer

A program aimed at helping San Francisco City College students to transfer more easily to four year universities was officially launched Tuesday at the city college’s Mission campus. According to institutional research by the school, 55 percent of City College students drop out within the first two years of enrollment. “The narrative is ‘I’m not supposed to be here’ –...
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CCSF Needs Students To Keep Funding

The City College of San Francisco’s struggle to retain its accreditation has led to a rapid, roughly 27 percent decline in enrollment that is threatening its state funding. “Students thought, ‘Oh if I go there it might close in the process, or my courses might not be counted’,” said Jeff Hamilton, the school’s press liaison. Hamilton said CCSF has made strides...
New Mission Theater marquee from 1972. Photo courtesy Jack Tillmany.

After New Mission’s Dark Past, Back in the Lights

In the first half of the 20th century, the evening sky over Mission Street was a neon wonderland, bathed by gaudy marquees in incandescent pinks, blues and purples. Perhaps no marquee was more iconic than the shining red art deco tower of the New Mission Theater at 22nd and Mission. On a recent afternoon, the building’s marquee—weathered and worn since...
At the rally in front of Department of education offices, a man sends a message to the accrediting commission, which, after an investigation by the U.S. Department of Education, has proven to be lacking criteria necessary to make accreditation decisions.

Today: March to City Hall for City College

Students of City College of San Francisco will march to City Hall at 4 p.m. today to call on Mayor Ed Lee to take a stand to save the college. Last month, City College was threatened with the loss of accreditation by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC.) In response to multiple criticisms of the accreditation process...
Many people thought that the threat of accreditation loss meant the end of CCSF, when in reality, the college is open and is currently enrolling students for fall classes.

U.S. Department of Education Validates Complaints Against Accrediting Commission

After months of waiting for the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) to respond to hundreds of pages of complaints against the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC), City College of San Francisco (CCSF) and the California Federation of Teachers (CFT) received news yesterday that the DOE validates their complaints for conflicts of interest, mistaken reliance on deficiencies and...
Two women stand in front of the downtown Department of Education offices in support of CCSF at a rally held in July.

City College Opens for Fall While Fighting Threat of Accreditation Loss

Michael Condiff remembers the first time he walked into City College of San Francisco (CCSF) —  he’d just finished a 13-year prison sentence, and it was the first time in a long time that he felt good about himself. As Condiff explains, it was the day he got a shot at a better life. “It gave me a reason to get...

Catty Corner: Art and Life

On one corner at 24th and Mission streets,the International Arts Festival presented Nemcatacoa Teatro doing a slow acrobatic stilt dance. On the other corner, AFT, the faculty union at City College, staged a teach-in on the situation with City College of San Francisco and its closing. You can get up to date on the latter on Thursday, July 18th at...
The City College of San Francisco Mission District campus. Photo by Mission Local staff.

City College of San Francisco to Lose Accreditation

It was announced today that City College of San Francisco will lose its accreditation on July 31, 2014, a decision that compromises the reputation of the school, and one that has people wondering about the future of its students, faculty, staff and administrators. “This is shocking news, and I think shocking for the whole CCSF community and San Francisco in...
Hundreds of people gathered in an auditorium at Mission Campus for the launch of the Save City College Coalition Wednesday.

Staff, Faculty and Students Join With Community to “Save City College”

Bob Price stood in front of the hundreds of people who crowded into an auditorium at City College’s Mission Campus Wednesday night. “Whose college?” he yelled. “Our college!” the crowd responded. The huge group of staff, faculty, students and community members gathered Wednesday to launch the Save City College Coalition, an alliance of the campus and the community in the...
A protesting caroler holds up a sign outside the City College Board of Trustees meeting in December.

Battle to Save City College Divides Teachers and Administration

Over 100 Christmas carolers braved the cold Thursday night to sing outside the City College of San Francisco Board of Trustees meeting. The chorus included faculty, staff and students who earlier had lobbied for San Francisco’s Proposition A, a parcel tax touted as a measure to save City College. But last night, led by the American Federation of Teachers Local...
Amy Bacharach, far right, listens to a question from a member of the audience. Eight of ten candidates vying for four seats on the City College of San Francisco Board of Trustees took questions during a panel debate on Friday at the New America Media office.

City College Board of Trustee Candidates Debate Amid Accreditation Troubles

Whether the fiscal and managerial troubles that have brought the City College of San Francisco’s accreditation into question threatens the school’s ability to remain open varies depending upon whom you ask. “The threat is real,” said Hanna Leung, an attorney vying for one of four seats on the college’s board of trustees. “Nothing is too big to fail.” “We’re not...
San Franciscans in front of City Hall rally in support of Proposition A. Photo by Erica Hellerstein.

Mission Residents Fight for City College

As San Franciscans dreamily trickled back to work on Sept. 4, throngs of students, teachers and city residents took to the steps of City Hall, rallying in support of Proposition A, a parcel tax on the November ballot that would bolster the fiscally distressed City College of San Francisco. “[The turnout] is not bad for the day after Labor Day,”...