Karnow heard cross-motions for summary adjudication in front of an audience of approximately 100 City College supporters that nearly filled all courtroom seats.
Pressed against the glass frame of City College’s Chinatown North Beach center on the morning of Jan. 6, faculty, staff and students listened attentively for updated accreditation information and supporting words from Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi.
San Francisco Superior Court Judge ruled on Jan. 2 that City College could not be closed until a trial determines whether the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges acted lawfully in its decision to revoke the school’s accreditation.
The fall semester at City College may be coming to a close, but the battle to retain the school’s accreditation is becoming more intense each day.
In an opinion piece written by Lee and California’s Community College’s Chancellor Brice Harris for the San Francisco Chronicle, they said, “For CCSF, the pace of reform needs to be much faster. We also believe that City College has reached the limit of what it can do on its own,”
A public forum was held at City College on Nov. 7, headed by Congresswoman Jackie Speier, D-Hillsborough, Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto and Sen. Jim Beall, D-San Jose, to address the serious issues that have been evoked by the decisions of the accrediting commission.
With lawsuits filed against the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges from the California Federation of Teachers and San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera, it is now the commission’s turn to be put under the microscope.
A closure report required by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges was submitted Oct. 14 describing how City College would carry out the commission’s course of action if the college were to close.
While the threat of City College losing its accreditation still looms, the search for the new chancellor has come down to three finalists.