Hundreds of people marched to the federal Department of Education’s offices in San Francisco Tuesday to protest City College of San Francisco’s loss of accreditation.

California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris says the college’s fate is not yet sealed: The review and appeal process can last up to a year. Harris and the system’s Board of Governors appointed a special trustee, Robert Agrella, to replace CCSF’s elected board. Agrella is the former president of Santa Rosa Junior College.

“This allows, I think, for a single individual with a real clarity of focus to get an awful lot of changes made in a very short period of time,” Harris told KQED’s Alex Emslie

  • AJACs

    Using the numbers from the article linked below:

    $2,500,000 shortfall / 85,000 students < $30 per student shortfall

    Really? They want to trash CCSF for a possible $30 per student shortfall per year? It can't be that hard to find a way to close that gap. Am I missing something here, because this sounds positively insane for this to be the leading argument for removing accreditation when all the other service measures appear to be pretty good.

  • Marty Hittelman

    It is insane to close a college for anything short of the college not offering a student a quality education. That, to me, is the bottom line.

  • Elk Pear

    To the ignorant protesters,

    COMPLIANCE leads to accreditation not DEFIANCE. The negative energy needs to be refocused on compliance. The administrators at CCSF have run it into the ground. ACCJS point out that there is no long term financial planning to deal with the exorbitant pensions leaving the college vulnerable to bankruptcy. Further, CCSF is unable to provide accurate data on how much it costs to run a particular instructional site. This is utterly disgraceful from a college. This despite years of stern warning from the ACCJC. There is no excuse for not having a staff of highly qualified financial planners and analysts at the college. Also, the administration & faculty union refuse to accept that expenses are far to high compared to the revenue stream and deep cuts are required for financial stability. This is not monopoly money – this is hundreds of millions of dollars of tax payer money at risk. CCSF’s financial mismanagement is unethical and the continued defiance will only lead to the closure of the school. This should be a required case study in all financial planning and financial management college courses. It is a very important lesson for the students of CCSF to learn about the negative consequences related to spending more than you have and the detrimental impacts of exorbitant pension programs.

    • How interesting that “Elk Pear” posted that exact same hateful, crazy, anti-CCSF rant in Yelp Talk on 7/13/2013, under the username, “Diploma M.”

      Elk Pear, are you just spamming your diatribe everywhere on the Internet? What is your agenda? Why do you hate City College so much?

    • Well this is very interesting: If you delve into Elk Pear’s comment history on this site, you’ll see that he or she has a history of staunchly defending private, for-profit colleges, and venomously attacking public colleges. Elk Pear’s agenda suddenly becomes very obvious.

      Tell us, Elk Pear, why are you astroturfing for the ACCJC and defaming CCSF across multiple Web sites? Are you paid to do this? Do you own stock in a private, for-profit school?

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