Accreditation renewed for three San Mateo County community colleges 

As City College of San Francisco plans to appeal a decision to revoke its accreditation, the commission that issued the ruling announced it has renewed accreditation of the three community colleges in San Mateo County.

The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges on Friday notified Cañada College, College of San Mateo and Skyline College that it has fully reaffirmed their accreditation. The schools have total enrollments of 6,783, 9,824 and 10,414, respectively. CCSF’s total enrollment is 25,005 as of mid-January.

Each accredited institution was provided with recommendations that will require responses in the Midterm Report in the 2015-16 school year. The three San Mateo County Community College District schools, in many cases, have begun working to fulfill such recommendations, the accrediting board said.

According to the ACCJC, accreditation is a voluntary system of self-regulation to evaluate educational quality and institutional effectiveness.

The accrediting agency announced last summer that CCSF’s accreditation would be terminated in July unless it implements reforms to come into compliance with commission accreditation standards and eligibility requirements.

But a San Francisco Superior Court judge ruled this year that the college cannot be stripped of its accreditation until the outcome of ongoing litigation.

The City Attorney’s Office, which filed a lawsuit accusing the accrediting commission of treating CCSF unfairly, requested in late December a preliminary injunction barring the loss of accreditation until the case is complete.

After the ACCJC rejected a review of its decision Friday, CCSF officials announced they will be filing a formal appeal of the ruling.

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