Chinese for Affirmative Action, a community-based civil rights organization in San Francisco, has launched this campaign to give voice to those who believe that City College must remain open for all 85,000 of its students.
City College is critical to ensuring San Francisco and the Bay Area have a citizenry and workforce that are well-prepared for the 21st Century. City College has helped train the San Francisco workforce over the years. Without City College, the economy of San Francisco would suffer dire consequences. Every elected official in San Francisco must be held accountable for keeping City College open for all.
Background on City College of San Francisco
City College of San Francisco is California’s largest community college and one the largest colleges in the country. With an enrollment of about 85,000 students, City College embodies the values of a community college — diverse democracy and learning for all. Through education, all students have a chance to build their lives at City College.
City College has a rich history of serving many types of students, from those completing their general equivalency degrees, undergraduates working on their associate degrees, and students looking to transfer to four-year degree programs at other institutions. Furthermore, City College helps train the San Francisco workforce in many fields including nursing, engineering, hospitality, and construction. City College also educates tens of thousands of immigrants each year to improve their English and citizenship skills.
About City College and Accreditation
In July 2013, the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) issued a letter stating it planned to terminate City College’s accreditation in one year. Accreditation allows City College to qualify for federal and state funding and its students to receive public financial aid and transfer credits to other institutions. Without accreditation, City College would likely have to close. Though City College is in the process of having this decision reviewed, and also plans to appeal the decision, action must be taken now to protect and move City College forward.
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