ACCJC Loses in Court—Again

News Release

For immediate release: Monday, March 30, 2015

It was good news last week for the nearly 80,000 students who attend City College of San Francisco (CCSF).

On Friday, San Francisco Superior Court Judge Curtis Karnow rejected the request of the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) to narrow the scope of the judge’s current injunction, the result of a trial that ended with the judge ruling that the ACCJC had broken four laws in its decision to terminate CCSF’s accreditation.

The injunction spells out a 10-point plan to ensure the ACCJC clearly and completely details each deficiency the agency has identified in the CCSF system. One of the problems in the accreditation turmoil surrounding CCSF has been that the ACCJC, according to the judge’s ruling, failed to clearly communicate with the college about its supposed deficiencies, and failed to provide an opportunity for the college to respond to them.

“The ACCJC keeps trying to minimize its misdeeds,” said CFT President Josh Pechthalt, in response to Judge Karnow’s latest ruling. “The Judge correctly rejected their latest attempt to avoid responsibility.”

City College of San Francisco faculty union AFT 2121 President Tim Killikelly added, “We are gratified that Judge Karnow rejected the ACCJC’s latest attempt to escape accountability for its illegal actions.”


The CFT represents over 25,000 faculty in thirty community college districts, and 120,000 educational employees at every level of the education system, from Head Start to UC. More info: