City College of San Francisco Is Told It Will Lose Accreditation in 2014

The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges announced on Wednesday that it intended to formally strip the huge City College of San Francisco of accreditation next summer, prompting vows from the college and its faculty union to fight the decision as the college remains open and the state’s community-college system moves to assert power over its affairs.

The regional accreditor’s announcement followed a year in which the community college scrambled to stave off such a decision, and occurred as faculty-union officials are challenging the accreditor’s actions in a complaint filed with the U.S. Department of Education.

Brice W. Harris, chancellor of the California Community Colleges, responded to Wednesday’s decision by announcing plans to put the multisite college under state control, essentially relegating the college’s own Board of Trustees to the sidelines until the crisis is over.

“As chancellor of the largest system of higher education in the nation, I cannot sit by and allow this institution, which serves 85,000 students, to close,” he said in a written statement. <Read more.>

Via Peter Schmidt, The Chronicle of Higher Ed.