Report: CCSF excels in key student performance areas 

Though the future of City College of San Francisco remains uncertain due to possibly facing the loss of its accreditation, one thing continues to be clear: the school’s academic successes are not lacking.

Data released this week by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office have ranked CCSF higher than the statewide average in 10 of the 13 top metrics tracked in the Student Success Scorecard, an online system launched last year by the state Chancellor’s Office in an effort to increase transparency.

The scorecard rates CCSF’s overall completion rate at 56 percent, higher than the statewide average of 48.1 percent. In addition, despite the fact that more students who are unprepared for college come to CCSF than the statewide average, the report notes that CCSF excels in educating students who need remedial instruction, with a 54.3 percent completion rate for students needing remedial instruction at CCSF compared to the 40.5 percent statewide average.

“This is proof of what an indispensable asset this institution is to the community and highlights our unique ability to teach students from diverse urban backgrounds and empower them to succeed,” CCSF Chancellor Arthur Tyler said in a statement.

In June, the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges voted to terminate CCSF’s accreditation, effective this July, unless the school comes into compliance with commission standards and eligibility requirements. But in January, a judge barred the accreditor from taking any action until a lawsuit filed by The City has been resolved. The termination was not linked to academics.

Losing accreditation would effectively force CCSF to close.

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Laura Dudnick

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