What’s up with ACCJC?

The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, which oversees accreditation of community colleges in California, has been troubled by allegations for years that its methods are arbitrary and punitive. Faculty have charged that the ACCJC, instead of helping to improve the delivery of education, diverts attention, time, and resources away from the classroom to “compliance,” much of which has little, if anything, to do with education. The Commission’s work is also, they say, responsible for deteriorating relations between faculty and administrators fearful of ACCJC sanctions, which occur at a startlingly higher rate here than in regions overseen by other accreditation agencies.

Last year the CFT challenged the Commission in a formal process known as “third party comment,” in which interested parties can file a complaint with the commission and with the U.S. Department of Education. CFT also filed suit, seeking an injunction to keep City College of San Francisco open, as has the City Attorney of San Francisco.  An injunction was granted on January 2, 2014.  The trial took place for five days, October 27-31, and closing arguments were heard on December 9.  The college stays open and accredited at least until the judge issues his decision, which will occur sometime in January, 2015.  Below are links to stories and documents about the trial and the issues that explain what CFT and its locals—and a growing number of elected officials and other organizations—are doing to change the ACCJC’s behavior, and what the Commission has been doing (or not doing) in response.


Press releases 


Third party comments, amendments, and lawsuit

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