Accreditors To Visit City College of San Francisco in October

Five faculty and administrators from peer colleges will conduct a focused site visit from Oct. 2-4.

A team of evaluators will visit City College of San Francisco in early October. | Ingleside Light

A team of evaluators will visit City College of San Francisco's in October as part of the process to decide whether the school gets to retain its accreditation.

Representatives of the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges will tour the college on Oct. 2-4, according to a news release issued by the college. A decision based in part on their findings will be issued in January 2024, all in line with the regular seven-year accrediting cycle.

ACCJC member institutions participate in a regular, recurring self-evaluation and peer review cycle to provide assurance of quality education, promote effectiveness and continuous quality improvement, and maintain the quality of higher education in the United States.

In July 2013, the ACCJC placed the college on “show cause” status, which spurred widespread protest and even a lawsuit from the Office of the City Attorney. The college received reaffirmation of its accreditation for the full seven-year period in January 2017.

In January 2023, the ACCJC placed the college on “enhanced monitoring” over its troubled finances for a third year in October 2022, opening its accreditation to sanctions. But no sanctions were issued.

The Review

The college submitted an Institutional Self Evaluation Report (ISER) to the ACCJC in December 2022.

The ACCJC, which is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education, will use the ISER to provide evidence of the school's effectiveness, quality of education and continuous quality improvement. A copy is accessible on the college’s website.

The ACCJC peer review team will conduct a focused site visit Oct 2-4. The visiting team includes five faculty and administrators from peer colleges.

Students, faculty, staff, and members of the public are invited to an open forum on Tuesday, Oct. 3, during which the visiting team will solicit input. To ensure participants can express themselves freely, neither members of the governing board nor senior leaders will attend the session.

On Wednesday, Oct. 4, the ACCJC peer review team will provide an exit report summarizing their visit but doesn't provide any specific findings or recommendations.

These sessions are open to students, faculty, staff and members of the public. Details will be available on the college’s website, which also has a third-party comment form for individuals to submit input up to five weeks prior to the site visit.

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