City College Likely to Get More Time

Supervisor Campos' flyer under a "Save City College, Mandelman for College Board" flyer on the sidewalk.

SF Gate reports that City College may get an extension on its deadline to “fix deficiencies and avoid closure.”

But federal education officials told The Chronicle on Monday that the commission is not only able to extend the deadline, but that there is no time limit on the extension it can provide. It means the commission could extend its July 31 deadline long enough for City College to complete its repair job, which state education officials estimate at 12 to 18 months.

The news came in response to questions from The Chronicle seeking clarification on the contentious issue of whether the accrediting commission has the power to grant additional time for City College, or whether doing so would jeopardize its standing with the Education Department, which oversees the commission.

Denise Horn, spokeswoman for U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, said Monday that the commission is free to adopt a policy allowing it to extend the college’s deadline. READ THE FULL STORY

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  1. Godzuki


    Education is a great thing.

  2. two beers

    “put out of its misery”: nice analogy for how you would handle the underprivileged whom you leech off.

    Horrors: thousands of poor kids, unemployed adults, and immigrants are getting a an affordable chance to improve their lives.

    You’re a typical hate-filled, elitist, spoiled, selfish, ignorant, rightwing pig: you hate the underprivileged and blame them for all their suffering, yet you want to prevent them from improving their lives.

    Well, for once, it looks like the elitist pigs might lose one of their battles in their ongoing war against the underprivileged.

    • John

      I never said that education at all levels is not viable. nor that it wasn’t desirable.

      My point was rather that CCSF has consistently demonstrated that it cannot provide that, and that it is a deeply flawed, failed institution.

      That said, I believe that some rump of CCSF could be saved, under new management and ownership of course.

      And that the end of CCSF would give an opportunity for newer colleges to emerge and provide educational services in a viable way.

      I do not oppose education. I only oppose bad educational institutions.

      • two beers


        CCSF isn’t a bad educational institution. You’re just parroting the same old tired rightwing propaganda trying to shut down a school which serves the underprivileged.

        CCSF has an very good academic record: it has one of the highest rates of transfer to 4-yer schools, and its former students are at the top in completion after transfer.

        Unlike any other institution(/s), it had some financial mismanagement, nearly all of which has been resolved. In fact, the bogus accreditation agency attacked CCSF for spending TOO LITTLE on administration.

        But sadistic, psycopathic, narcissistic elite a**holes like you want it both ways.

        • John

          So the experts whose job it is to assess our colleges, and who have the subject matter expertise and experience to perform that task, are wrong?

          And an anonymous commentator on a chatroom with a track record of kneejerk left-wing dogma is right?

          Is that it?

        • two beers


          Your “experts” are unaccountable and operate in a secrecy the NSA would be envious of. They are also on notice from the US Dept of Ed for conflict of interest and multiple violations of their charter.

          You are a freaking elitist, ignorant, and deceitful clown.

          Facts are difficult things for rightwing propaganda trolls.

        • marcos

          Awfully nice for “John” to pay us a visit last night, to finally put a face to the “name.”

  3. SFBigMike

    It never ceases to amaze me at the people who will comment on something when they know so little about the topic.

    City College has a higher percentage of student transferred to a four-year university or earned a vocational certificate within five years than did students at each of the colleges affiliated with members of the accrediting commission, as measured by the state’s latest “Student Success Score Card” for California community colleges, released on April 15. In all, 58 percent of students who entered City College in the 2007-08 school year achieved their goal of transferring or earning a certificate within five years. (As stated by

    SF Gate reported that City College may get an extension on its deadline to “fix deficiencies and avoid closure.” Unfortunately the accreditation commission has showed very little interest in working with City College to extend beyond July 31 to finish its reforms.
    However due to inappropriateness by the individual who oversees the Accrediting Commission the college has won a reprieve after the San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera has put forth a lawsuit to sue the commission.

    Up till this point the accrediting commission has shown very little interest to the 80,000 plus students to provide them additional time or provide the institution one last opportunity to to correct the deficiencies. The college has gone to extreme lengths to untangle them, including having its elected Board of Trustees replaced by one state-appointed decision-maker. If the college’s separate appeal to the accrediting commission is unsuccessful, the fate of the college will rest on the outcome of the trail scheduled for later this year.

    City College provides opportunities to all individuals including those under-served communities of San Francisco providing them opportunities that would cease to exist without them.

    City College was founded in 1935 in response to demand for a public institution to serve both academic and vocational needs of students as an integral part of San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD). The College was first housed in temporary facilities with an enrollment of 1,074 students and 74 faculty members. The College rapidly expanded and held classes in 22 locations. In 1937, the San Francisco Board of Education approved a building plan for the College which included a 56-acre site of what is now the Ocean Campus.

    With approved bond measures in 1997, 2001, and 2005, totaling $491.3 million, the College renovated expanded and developed new buildings and facilities throughout San Francisco. The College currently serves over 85,000 students (credit and noncredit) throughout the city through the main Campus, nine centers, and a multitude of neighborhood sites.

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