City College of San Francisco officials say progress has been made on a key report designed to persuade an education panel not to strip the school’s accreditation, but they agreed Thursday evening that much work still remains before a March 15 deadline.
Accreditation liaison Gohar Momjian told the trustees that college officials should be honest about whether their progress to date meets the standards set forth by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges.
And in many cases, she said, it does not.
“This is not the time to pat ourselves on the back,” Momjian said. “But we need to focus on improvements and we need to understand the weakness.”
Last July, that commission threatened CCSF with the loss of its accreditation unless profound changes were made on the campus.
The school’s report, which is due to the commission March 15 and was released last month in draft form, outlines the changes made so far to meet the commission’s 14 recommendations. Changes made so far include closing campuses, remodeling CCSF’s administrative structure and developing a way to track student outcomes.
Momjian called the report a living document that will continue to be revised even after the March deadline.
Board President John Rizzo said it’s important to show the commission evidence that the standards are being embraced, even if they aren’t yet completed.
“We will have gaps, because we are just getting to the implementing phase,” he said.
Once the report is submitted, commission representatives will review the document and visit City College to ensure that the changes have been implemented. The commission is expected to decide in June whether to take the college off sanctions, move it to a less severe sanction or strip it of its accreditation.
If CCSF loses its accreditation, it could lose federal funding and ultimately close. As a result, the college must also submit a closure report by March 15, detailing the steps that would be taken to allow students to transfer, complete their degrees and obtain transcripts.