CCSF outlines what would happen if it were to close 

City College’s report outlines steps it would take to make sure its students graduate on time if it loses its accreditation. - S.F. EXAMINER FILE PHOTO
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  • City College’s report outlines steps it would take to make sure its students graduate on time if it loses its accreditation.

If City College of San Francisco were to lose its accreditation and close, seven surrounding colleges would be notified in order to ensure all of the current students could transfer and complete their education, according to a new report released by the college.

Last spring, the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges found numerous violations within City College’s structure and finances, and the two-year school was given the toughest sanction by the commission: show cause. That means the college must show the commission why it should be allowed to continue to operate.

The college released a draft report Friday for the “show cause” issue. It included a 12-page draft about how it would handle a closure.

According to the report, students who have completed 75 percent of their programs at CCSF would be contacted and have the choice to receive their degrees under City College or another institution. Classes would need to be completed at another campus.

“The college will issue a letter for each student indicating the closure of the college and to ensure the acceptance of the credits by other accredited institutions,” the report stated. “If applicable, the chancellor will send CCSF closure notifications to the neighboring colleges for them to accept the CCSF transfer students and their credits before any termination date.”

All students would also receive their most up-to-date transcripts.

The final response to the commission must be submitted by March 15 in order for the college to avoid further sanctions. The commission gave City College 14 recommendations and several deadlines to submit reports regarding the changes.

The report must detail what and how the college has changed in order to meet the standards set forth by the commission and continue operating. The draft report spells out how the college operations have changed. The nearly 300-page document shows City College officials thus far have approved a new mission statement, created a new administrative structure, closed some campuses and created a way to track student learning, among other initiatives.

The college is accepting feedback to this first draft and plans to release another draft in February.

The commission will revisit City College this spring to see the changes firsthand. A final ruling on the accreditation will be made in June.

College officials are charging ahead despite doubts expressed by special trustee Bob Agrella, who told the California community colleges governing board earlier this month that he worries enough won’t be done before the deadline.

John Rizzo, president of the board of trustees, said the deadline will be met.

“We will meet the deadline for the document without a doubt,” Rizzo said. “I’m hopeful. We have made a lot of changes and are continuing to make changes, and certainly things are a lot better than they were a year ago at this time.”

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