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Keep Public Land in Public Hands!

The proposed development plan for the Balboa Reservoir to build mostly un-affordable housing with limited parking is being green-washed to gain acceptance. The plan is not about sustainability. It eliminates parking with no corresponding improvement of transit alternatives, thereby limiting access for students who do not have other viable options.
A resolution declaring CCSF’s interest in entering into negotiations with the City and County of San Francisco over the Balboa Reservoir will be put before the CCSF Board of Trustees. CCSF Board of Trustees needs to fight for a San Francisco that serves all of its students!

Show up and speak out!
CCSF Board of Trustees
Thursday, October 26, 4 pm
Mission Campus – 1125 Valencia at 22nd

Tell CCSF BOT that they must:
  1. Ensure that public land stay in public hands. Ask the PUC to transfer the Balboa Reservoir to CCSF rather than hand over public land to private developers.
  2. Reject the Transportation Demand Management (TDM) plan that limits student access.
  3. Fight to make all workers in SF, regardless of immigration status, eligible for Free City.
  4. Build the Performing Arts Education Center Now!

Sign the petition
Tell your friends!

Prevent Arming CCSF Police

Do You Think CCSF Campus Police Should Be Armed?
PGC Meeting
May 18, 20173:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Room MUB 140
CCSF Ocean Campus
The proposal to arm campus police is on this week’s Participatory Governance Committee Agenda. The PGC, comprised of 4 students, 4 faculty, 4 staff, 4 administrators, is the committee that forwards college-wide recommendations to the Chancellor who decides whether or not to forward to the Board of Trustees.

Chief Barnes will be giving a pro-arming presentation and then there will be public comment, deliberations and a vote. It will likely be a very close vote. The item will likely be addressed sometime between 4:30 pm and 6:00 pm. Speakers will likely be limited to one minute.

Please wear red, which is both our school’s color and it symbolizes the blood of victims of police violence. If you just show up wearing red that will help. Speaking is even better. You only need to identify yourself and say you are against the arming of campus cops.

Read about a local example of police murder by campus cops:
Raheim Brown, 20, murdered by Skyline High cops in 2013

Keep MUB for Students: Open Letter to the CCSF Board of Trustees

Follow the link to the open letter to the CCSF Board of Trustees and sign the petition to keep the MUB’s premier classrooms for student’s use

Keep MUB for Students: Open Letter to the CCSF Board of Trustees

An Open Letter to the City College Board– Trustees, make clear our City College values: The Multi-Use Building must be preserved for students! In 2015, the special trustee running City College moved to lease 33 Gough St. to a real estate corporation that will demolish the building and build luxury condos. Now, of course, the administrative staff who work at 33 Gough must relocate. The administration was rushing ahead with a proposal to take over most of the MU for these offices. Scores of students and faculty came out to a Board of Trustees meeting in March to say that the Multi Use Building must be used for students, not for offices! Many speakers agreed that the first floor could be designated for a one-stop student services center with financial aid and testing, but the second and third floors must be kept for students! We need the Board of Trustees to set forth the principle that City College’s best classroom space must be kept for student use.




CCSF students Lalo, Win-Mon, JJ, Alma, and Jas outside Congressman Alan Lowenthal's office on February 23, 2017 
CCSF students Lalo, Win-Mon, JJ, Alma, and Jas outside Congressman Alan Lowenthal’s office on February 23, 2017 

These CCSF students, along with faculty and other stakeholders from all over California, traveled across country to Washington DC to offer three minutes each of public comment at the NACIQI hearing on ACCJC.
The moving and powerful testimony (to be posted soon on website) extended most of Wednesday afternoon and demonstrated substantial non-compliance of ACCJC with federal regulations. Much of the testimony challenged the claim that ACCJC enjoys “wide acceptance” by educators. The few questions asked of commenters largely focused on the concern about what would happen if ACCJC were removed.
The last comment by Bruce Boyden, a Commissioner from Compton, ended close to 6:00 pm. The meeting was adjourned (one hour late) with discussion postponed until the following morning. 
In past years the discussion has been robust and fruitful. This time there was no discussion whatsoever. Within 5 minutes of opening the meeting the motion to recommend an 18 month extension of ACCJC’s authority was moved, seconded and passed. If you blinked you might have missed it.
The recommendation was consistent with the problematic staff analysis report. In a departure of style and content from previous reports, it appeared to whitewash lack of ACCJC compliance. For example, contrary to the 2013 report (as well as the Secretary of Education’s 1/4/2016 Appeal Decision) the 2017 report determined that the number of support letters were “compelling to demonstrate wide acceptance.”
In addition to the fact that the letters were extorted from member institutions – one of ACCJC’s standards requires institutions to comply with ACCJC requests or risk loss of accreditation – their criteria for “wide acceptance” is suspect. According to a legally required survey on ACCJC’s performance, the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges (ASCCC) responded as follows:
DOE Regulation                AGREE                      DISAGREE
602.12 (b)                              63.1%                             23.8%
602.16(a)(1)(ii)                      64.8%                             29.2%
602.16(a)(1)(iii)                     60.4%                             32.0%
602.17 (a)                              63.0%                             30.0%
602.18 (c)                              54.4%                             34.3%
602.20 (b)                              58.0%                             32.6%
602.25                                    56.5%                             37.1%
It appears that 60% approval is considered “wide acceptance” by NACIQI.
While the outcome is not a victory, neither is it a defeat. The ACCJC continues to be on a short leash with the DOE and we will remain strong in our fight for fair accreditation and defending public education.

CCSF Wins Accreditation Battle – The War is still raging

1ecbd40b-caba-49dc-a7a4-c7a570653b6fACCJC Gives CCSF Full Accreditation for Next 7 Years

We are jubilant over this development. We claim and celebrate this victory for all the students, faculty, staff and community members who fought so hard!

Read all about it:
What you didn’t read in most of these articles:
This 5-year debacle should never have happened. It was never about accreditation standards, but rather, it was a political battle involving many players in addition to the ACCJC:  real estate developers aiming to downsize our college and take over prime public land; the California Business Roundtable aiming to turn the community colleges into corporate workforce training centers; the for-profit college industry; the student loan industry; and not least of all, Mayor Ed Lee and the state Chancellor’s Office.
Although president Barbara Beno is gone as well as most of the commissioners who made the original decision to terminate CCSF’s accreditation, the ACCJC has not truly changed course. They are not taking responsibility for their mistakes and the grave harm they have done to hundreds of thousands of students statewide. The ACCJC remains a commission that is not widely accepted. We still need to testify before NACIQI.







Support Delegation to NACIQI meeting

The ACCJC is once again going before NACIQI in a fight for their survival.
This is our opportunity to FINALLY put this rogue agency out of business!
INSTRUCTIONS for submitting request to make oral comment at NACIQI meeting

ccsf goes to dc- Feb 22-24, 2017
Please join our delegation
We will fly out to Washington, D.C. for the February meeting to submit oral comment. Our delegations that went in December 2013 and December 2015 were influential in the ACCJC currently being on the harshest status short of de-authorized. If you are interested submit your request to make oral comment and then contact Wynd Kaufmyn for more information.

Deadline is February 15, 2017 to submit request to make oral comment INSTRUCTIONS for submitting request to make oral comment at NACIQI meeting

Be sure to sign the PETITION: ACCJC Does Not Speak For Me
Ask your friends at other community colleges to sign as well. And your sister and your brother and anyone you meet.

Please donate online to help fund this effort!
Or you can send a check made out to
Save CCSF Coalition
1249 Hayes St.
San Francisco, CA 94117


The Brief Story:
The ACCJC gets its authority from the US Department of Education (DOE). Many of you are aware that, spurred by the CFT complaint filed in April 2013, the DOE issued a letter to the ACCJC identifying 15 federal regulations with which the ACCJC was out of compliance. They were given a year to come into compliance, essentially putting them on their own “show cause.”

The ACCJC will come before a NACIQI (National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity) hearing this February. NACIQI will consider various documents including ACCJC’s report, a staff analysis report, and written third party comments. Oral third party comments will be allowed at the hearing. Then NACIQI will then make a recommendation to the DOE as to whether or not to reauthorize the ACCJC.

A More Detailed Story:
Click here for a more detailed explanation of how the renewal process for an accrediting agency works and where the ACCJC is in this process.