The commission that last summer voted to revoke accreditation for City College of San Francisco will decide by January whether it will grant the college restoration status, the last administrative option for the embattled school to maintain its accreditation.
CCSF Chancellor Art Tyler confirmed the school's decision to apply for restoration status in a letter Monday to Barbara Beno, president of the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, despite having "serious reservations" about the move, he wrote.
Restoration status, a policy offered by the ACCJC in June after school leaders told the commission that they need at least 18 more months to reach full compliance, would give CCSF two more years to meet accrediting standards.
"We are pleased that CCSF has taken this decisive step along the pathway of restoring its compliance with standards, and hope this will lead to the college's achievement of restoration status and as the ultimate outcome, reaffirmation of accreditation," Beno said in a statement.
To achieve restoration, CCSF must submit a self-evaluation report by Oct. 15, and undergo a new comprehensive evaluation. An evaluation team will visit CCSF the week of Nov. 16.
The commission then will decide whether to grant restoration status to CCSF no later than January. CCSF would remain accredited under the status.
Paul Feist, a spokesman for the California Community College Chancellor's Office, said that despite concerns regarding the unfamiliarity of restoration status, school officials are grateful there appears to be a way for CCSF to maintain its accreditation.
"By and large it provides the college with another option, a pathway forward, and the ability for it to demonstrate the tremendous amount of progress that's been made," Feist said.
The school remains open and accredited going into the fall semester, which begins Aug. 18.
Meanwhile, a lawsuit between The City and commission is expected to go to trial in October. A judge had previously issued an injunction blocking the ACCJC from revoking CCSF's accreditation until the trial.
Losing accreditation would effectively force CCSF to close.