Thursday, December 12, 2013

San Francisco City College and Accreditation continued…

This issue is not over, the fate 80000 students is still up in the air. The latest and greatest:

“College's Fight Underscores Love-Hate Relation Between Faculty and Accreditors”

“Faculty members sometimes grumble about the administrative burdens associated with accreditation, but a conflict between the accreditor and the faculty of City College of San Francisco may have set a new low for such relationships.”

“The dispute highlights the ambivalence that many in higher education feel toward accreditation. While most embrace the values and goals of accreditation, the process and procedures are seen as arcane and unwieldy, the result of layers of federal oversight that weigh down both the accreditor and its members.”

“In July the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges put City College on "show cause" status, giving the institution less than a year to prove that it is meeting the commission's standards or lose its accreditation entirely. Without accreditation, the college would not be eligible to receive federal student aid and would almost certainly have to shut its doors to its nearly 80,000 students.”

“But the union that represents faculty members at City College, an affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers, has taken steps to discredit the commission and to preserve the college's accreditation, including lodging a lengthy complaint with the U.S. Department of Education and filing a lawsuit.”

Hope for the best but prepare for the worst. I hope there is a plan to take care of the students.

Dr Flavius A B Akerele III

The ETeam

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