State auditor criticizes CCSF’s accreditor as inconsistent 

click to enlarge A recently released report from the state auditor's office found that the commission that revoked City College of San Francisco's accreditation could have given the school more time to meet accrediting standards. - S.F. EXAMINER FILE PHOTO
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  • A recently released report from the state auditor's office found that the commission that revoked City College of San Francisco's accreditation could have given the school more time to meet accrediting standards.

The commission that revoked City College of San Francisco's accreditation last summer acted inconsistently, lacked transparency and could have given the school more time to meet accrediting standards, according to a report from the state auditor's office released Thursday.

The report, called "California Community College Accreditation" and requested by two state senators last year, indicates that the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges could improve its accreditation process.

It also highlights recommendations for the state chancellor's office, such as improved monitoring of issues that could endanger accreditation at California's 112 community colleges, and identifying other potential accreditors for schools.

But commission spokesman Dave Hyams pointed out the ACCJC was found to be in full compliance with federal regulations during a review by the U.S. Department of Education earlier this year.

Hyams said the auditor's report "draws conclusions without the necessary context and without the real expertise of federal law and regulations."

Meanwhile, multiple barriers block CCSF's impending accreditation loss. Earlier this month, an appeals panel ruled that the commission must conduct another assessment of the school.

The ACCJC has also proposed a new policy that could give CCSF two more years to come into compliance with accrediting standards, which the Education Department has approved.

Public comment for the policy closed Wednesday, and commissioners are expected to vote on the final version next week.

Additionally, an injunction barring CCSF's accreditation loss stands due to an upcoming trial between The City and ACCJC.

Losing accreditation would effectively force CCSF to close.

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Laura Dudnick

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Laura Dudnick, a Bay Area native, covers education and planning for The San Francisco Examiner. She previously worked as a senior local editor for Patch.com, and as the San Mateo County bureau reporter and weekend editor for Bay City News Service.
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