By Jenny Lam and Vincent Pan
As the new school year begins, we wanted to provide a quick update on our efforts to make sure City College of San Francisco stays open.
Our campaign this past spring and summer successfully secured stabilization funds for City College in the California State budget. But we always knew that those funds were only one part of the strategy to keep City College moving forward, however absolutely necessary they are for the college’s survival.
In two months, City Attorney Dennis Herrera’s lawsuit against the Accreditation Commission will go to trial. The community should stand with the lawsuit to make sure that the college is afforded every protection it deserves under law. Meanwhile, the Accreditation Commission, whose actions have threatened to close City College, has changed its own policies to give City College more time. But because this policy is new and unclear, the public must vigilantly monitor how it will be implemented — there must be no possibility of unfairly punishing 85,000 community college students and adult learners.
While all of this is happening, City College continues to serve and provide its students with high-quality learning. During a recent press conference hosted by CAA and New America Media, City College Chancellor Art Tyler noted that a record number of City College students graduated last spring, and that successful transfers to four-year degree programs continue to be among the highest in California.
City College serves and teaches it students extremely well. This is the primary reason why City College is the largest and most diverse community college in California. Politicians and bureaucrats must remember this as we work to return local governance to City College and ask the necessary and hard questions about the accreditation process now and into the future.
We thank you for staying engaged in support of City College. You are a big reason why this fall semester, classes at City College are accredited, open, and here to stay.
Let’s work to keep it that way.