Tag Archives: CCSF

Aztec New Year Returns for 10th Year at City College

This Saturday will round off a decade in which the Mission’s City College of San Francisco has hosted the annual Aztec [Mexica] New Year celebration, founded by a group of former students determined to share the teachings of their indigenous ancestors with the community. In light of President Donald Trump’s recent anti-immigration policies that have instilled fear in immigrant communities across...

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...

Bernie Sanders Visits SF’s Mission District

Senator Bernie Sanders addressed a crowd of more than 200 in San Francisco’s Mission District, the ZIP code that has raised the most money for the presidential hopeful’s campaign nationwide, one day before the California primary election on June 7. In his remarks at the City College of San Francisco’s Mission campus, the Vermont senator addressed some of his main...

Engineers Plan Cinema School for CCSF in Tower Theater

A structural engineering company with a series of Mission projects under its belt is making plans to create a cinema school inside the abandoned Tower Theater on Mission Street, and then donate the newly constructed school to the City College of San Francisco. Rodrigo Santos, co-founder of Santos & Urrutia, says he is undertaking the roughly $12-14 million project purely...

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’ –...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...