Resolution supporting City College of San Francisco

13-11.20

WHEREAS,  City College of San Francisco (CCSF) is among the highest rated community colleges in the nation and serves the Bay Area with distinction by providing a valuable and much needed resource for San Franciscans at every stage of life and from every neighborhood; and

WHEREAS, Despite its high rating by some, City College was found by the Accrediting Commission for Community & Junior Colleges (Commission in 2012 to have failed to meet a number of accreditation standards that all California community colleges are required to meet, and the Commission gave City College only one year, half the time that could have been granted, to come into compliance with the standards, and, seemingly ignoring the impact of significant progress City College has made in addressing each of the Commission's recommendations, the Commission  in 2013 concluded that City College was not in compliance and made the most drastic decision to terminate City College's accreditation in July 31, 2014 and

WHEREAS the Commission action has resulted in a severe financial crisis at City College due to a decline in student enrollment caused by student's fears they would not receive credit for classes completed and also making it more difficult to hire and retain excellent faculty, and the closure of City College would be a disaster as City College provides tens of thousands of students degrees and workforce training certificates and as a result, both the California Federation of Teachers and City Attorney Dennis Herrera have filed suit against the Commission for irregularities and unlawful conduct,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party expresses its strong support for the continued existence of City College, that it commends the college for continuing to work to come into compliance with accreditation standards, and that it asks the Commission to give City College the entire two year period allowed to come into compliance, that the Party reaffirms its prior position urging reforms in the accreditation process to avoid situations exactly like City College is facing here, supports efforts by the San Francisco community to provide resources to City College and supports legal efforts to ensure the survival of City College.

Authored by Rafael Mandelman
Sponsored by Chairman John Burton, Scott Wiener, David Campos, David Chiu, John Avalos, Matt Dorsey, Carole Migden, Bill Fazio, Hene Kelly, Petra DeJesus, Tom Ammiano, Leah Pimentel, Malia Cohen, Kelly Dwyer and Leslie Katz. Jim Gonzales

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Adopted by the California Democratic Party
At its November 2013 Executive Board Meeting
Westin Hotel, Millbrae
November 24, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

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