ccsf.jpgA number of City College of San Francisco students are holding a rally today to call on school administrators to include more student input in their ongoing fight to stay accredited.

Shanell Williams, president of the Associated Student Council at the campus, said about 200 students were expected at the 12:30 p.m. rally at the college’s Ocean campus.

Williams said there has been “a lack of open communication” between students and the administration, which is imposing cuts to student services and school staff in an effort to fend off the possible closure of the school.

City College is required to file a report by a March 15 deadline set by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, which last July placed the school on “show cause” status.

The report must show that the school is taking significant steps to address problems cited by the commission, including an excessive number of campuses and high non-instructional faculty costs.

If City College fails to show adequate improvement, the school could lose accreditation and close after the commission issues its ruling on June 10.

A special trustee for City College said in January that the school would likely miss the March 15 deadline.

Williams said that in addressing the commission’s concerns, “the administration is making bad decisions that are going to affect our college for the long term.”

She said some of the changes, such as cuts to counseling and other student services, affect working-class students, who make up a majority of the student body.

Williams said the students have been rebuffed by the administration in their request for town hall forums at all City College campuses so more people can comment on the school’s plans.

“We’ve requested this multiple times and they’ve refused to do so,” she said.

City College spokesman Larry Kamer said, “Everything that’s being done with regard to keeping our accreditation keeps our students first.”

Kamer said, “We’re laser-focused on that, but we’re always open to suggestions about how we can do a better job in our communications.”

“Our top priority has been to be transparent about this and stay focused on the task at hand, for which there is not a lot of time,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Save CCSF Coalition, a group of faculty, staff and students, has sent a letter to various state and federal politicians asking for an investigation into the accrediting commission.

Bob Gorringe, an organizer with the coalition, said the letter questions why the school did not face any disciplinary action until last July, when the commission suddenly put City College on its most serious sanctions short of closure.

“We’re trying to slow this process down because we feel we’re being railroaded,” Gorringe said.

The coalition is planning a March 6 meeting at the school’s Chinatown campus and a March 14 rally outside City Hall to try to drum up more community and political support for their cause, he said.

Today’s student rally was set to take place in Ram Plaza at the Ocean campus, located at 50 Phelan Ave.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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  • saintlennybruce

    The unaccountable accreditors at the ACCJC are imposing Eligibility Standard 4, which calls for hiring career managers with EdDs over teaching or counseling faculty with PhDs and years or decades of direct contact with students, as reflected in the CCSF Discipline Chair system. The ACCJC refused to count these experienced supervisory faculty (carrying reduced teaching & increased service loads) as administrators, despite the administrative functions they perform, preferring the CEO model exemplified by Interim Chancellor Scott-Skillman, who has been an administrator for almost 30 years, and spent 8 years in Sacramento as CCCS Vice-Chancellor at the CCCCO. It’s a neoliberal, managerialist agenda, that treats colleges like corporations, applies the degrading educational “standards” movement to the postsecondary education of adults (creating abysmal working & learning conditions), and dismisses the input of the faculty, staff, & students needed for informed decision-making. This flies in the face of the collegial, 800-year old Anglo-American university tradition, where deans are recruited from senior faculty, as well as faculty, staff, and student CCR Title 5 rights to “meaningful participation” in the shared governance process used to formulate policy recommendation to Boards of Trustees.

    Accreditation sanctions impose Eligibility & Standards Recommendations for policy changes required to lift them, causing districts to seek legal counsel on interpreting state laws for Board/Administrative Policy provided by the centralized CCLC & CCCCO, and technical assistance from expensive private consultants. As demonstrated throughout the CCC system over the past dozen years under Barbara Beno’s tenure as ACCJC President, districts under threat by accreditors of serious sanctions, or possible loss of the accreditation needed to receive state & federal funds thus forcing closure, district Boards of Trustees & Presidents/Chancellors have used these “emergencies” as rationales to do an end-run around the Title 5 rights of faculty under ??53200 & ??51023(c), non-managerial staff under ??51023.5, and students under ??51023.7 & CA Ed. Code ??76060. The tight reporting timelines imposed allow districts to invoke ??51023.5(a)(5) and ??51023.7(a)(2) when bypassing Title 5 rights to “effective participation” by staff and students completely, causing many ill-advised programmatic, policy, and fee structure changes state-wide. However, even such manufactured emergencies do not waive the obligation of district Chancellors & Boards to “consult collegially” with the Academic Senate, and “rely[ing] primarily upon the advice and judgment of the academic senate” on “[a]cademic and professional matters” per ??53200 & ??51023(c), nor does it permit the violation of Collective Bargaining Agreements with faculty & staff unions per ??51023.5(b)&(d), state & federal labor law.

    More importantly, the constituency most able to identify the programs, services, and policies needed for student success is the students themselves. Lack of hours of adequate hours of access to financial aid, disabled student, and academic counseling which are typically only open Monday-Thursday 8am-4:30pm, due to a combination of staff & faculty lay-off, increased case loads for counselors, and reduced funding of student services. Interim Chancellor Scott-Skillman, the Special Trustee Dr. Robert Agrella, and elected members of the SFCCD Board of Trustees have adopted a consistently condescending, paternalistic tone in dismissing student input, and have rarely sought the formal advice of the duly-elected Associated Student leaders per Title 5 ??51023.7 & CA Ed. Code ??76060, particularly after the start of 2013, despite heroic efforts on the part of ASEC President Williams, Student Trustee Walker, other student leaders, and concerned students to both represent their constituents, and educate the student body on the nature of the accreditation process. Such behavior speaks to an implicit classism, and is reminiscent of the in loco parentis mentality of colleges before the student movements of the 1960’s. While no one questions their motives, their methods and policy proposals are unacceptable.

  • saintlennybruce

    The unaccountable accreditors at the ACCJC are imposing Eligibility Standard 4, which calls for hiring career managers with EdDs over teaching or counseling faculty with PhDs and years or decades of direct contact with students, as reflected in the CCSF Discipline Chair system. The ACCJC refused to count these experienced supervisory faculty (carrying reduced teaching & increased service loads) as administrators, despite the administrative functions they perform, preferring the CEO model exemplified by Interim Chancellor Scott-Skillman, who has been an administrator for almost 30 years, and spent 8 years in Sacramento as CCCS Vice-Chancellor at the CCCCO. It’s a neoliberal, managerialist agenda, that treats colleges like corporations, applies the degrading educational “standards” movement to the postsecondary education of adults (creating abysmal working & learning conditions), and dismisses the input of the faculty, staff, & students needed for informed decision-making. This flies in the face of the collegial, 800-year old Anglo-American university tradition, where deans are recruited from senior faculty, as well as faculty, staff, and student CCR Title 5 rights to “meaningful participation” in the shared governance process used to formulate policy recommendation to Boards of Trustees.

    Accreditation sanctions impose Eligibility & Standards Recommendations for policy changes required to lift them, causing districts to seek legal counsel on interpreting state laws for Board/Administrative Policy provided by the centralized CCLC & CCCCO, and technical assistance from expensive private consultants. As demonstrated throughout the CCC system over the past dozen years under Barbara Beno’s tenure as ACCJC President, districts under threat by accreditors of serious sanctions, or possible loss of the accreditation needed to receive state & federal funds thus forcing closure, district Boards of Trustees & Presidents/Chancellors have used these “emergencies” as rationales to do an end-run around the Title 5 rights of faculty under ??53200 & ??51023(c), non-managerial staff under ??51023.5, and students under ??51023.7 & CA Ed. Code ??76060. The tight reporting timelines imposed allow districts to invoke ??51023.5(a)(5) and ??51023.7(a)(2) when bypassing Title 5 rights to “effective participation” by staff and students completely, causing many ill-advised programmatic, policy, and fee structure changes state-wide. However, even such manufactured emergencies do not waive the obligation of district Chancellors & Boards to “consult collegially” with the Academic Senate, and “rely[ing] primarily upon the advice and judgment of the academic senate” on “[a]cademic and professional matters” per ??53200 & ??51023(c), nor does it permit the violation of Collective Bargaining Agreements with faculty & staff unions per ??51023.5(b)&(d), state & federal labor law.

    More importantly, the constituency most able to identify the programs, services, and policies needed for student success is the students themselves. Lack of hours of adequate hours of access to financial aid, disabled student, and academic counseling which are typically only open Monday-Thursday 8am-4:30pm, due to a combination of staff & faculty lay-off, increased case loads for counselors, and reduced funding of student services. Interim Chancellor Scott-Skillman, the Special Trustee Dr. Robert Agrella, and elected members of the SFCCD Board of Trustees have adopted a consistently condescending, paternalistic tone in dismissing student input, and have rarely sought the formal advice of the duly-elected Associated Student leaders per Title 5 ??51023.7 & CA Ed. Code ??76060, particularly after the start of 2013, despite heroic efforts on the part of ASEC President Williams, Student Trustee Walker, other student leaders, and concerned students to both represent their constituents, and educate the student body on the nature of the accreditation process. Such behavior speaks to an implicit classism, and is reminiscent of the in loco parentis mentality of colleges before the student movements of the 1960’s. While no one questions their motives, their methods and policy proposals are unacceptable.

  • saintlennybruce

    The unaccountable accreditors at the ACCJC are imposing Eligibility Standard 4, which calls for hiring career managers with EdDs over teaching or counseling faculty with PhDs and years or decades of direct contact with students, as reflected in the CCSF Discipline Chair system. The ACCJC refused to count these experienced supervisory faculty (carrying reduced teaching & increased service loads) as administrators, despite the administrative functions they perform, preferring the CEO model exemplified by Interim Chancellor Scott-Skillman, who has been an administrator for almost 30 years, and spent 8 years in Sacramento as CCCS Vice-Chancellor at the CCCCO. It’s a neoliberal, managerialist agenda, that treats colleges like corporations, applies the degrading educational “standards” movement to the postsecondary education of adults (creating abysmal working & learning conditions), and dismisses the input of the faculty, staff, & students needed for informed decision-making. This flies in the face of the collegial, 800-year old Anglo-American university tradition, where deans are recruited from senior faculty, as well as faculty, staff, and student CCR Title 5 rights to “meaningful participation” in the shared governance process used to formulate policy recommendation to Boards of Trustees.

    Accreditation sanctions impose Eligibility & Standards Recommendations for policy changes required to lift them, causing districts to seek legal counsel on interpreting state laws for Board/Administrative Policy provided by the centralized CCLC & CCCCO, and technical assistance from expensive private consultants. As demonstrated throughout the CCC system over the past dozen years under Barbara Beno’s tenure as ACCJC President, districts under threat by accreditors of serious sanctions, or possible loss of the accreditation needed to receive state & federal funds thus forcing closure, district Boards of Trustees & Presidents/Chancellors have used these “emergencies” as rationales to do an end-run around the Title 5 rights of faculty under ??53200 & ??51023(c), non-managerial staff under ??51023.5, and students under ??51023.7 & CA Ed. Code ??76060. The tight reporting timelines imposed allow districts to invoke ??51023.5(a)(5) and ??51023.7(a)(2) when bypassing Title 5 rights to “effective participation” by staff and students completely, causing many ill-advised programmatic, policy, and fee structure changes state-wide. However, even such manufactured emergencies do not waive the obligation of district Chancellors & Boards to “consult collegially” with the Academic Senate, and “rely[ing] primarily upon the advice and judgment of the academic senate” on “[a]cademic and professional matters” per ??53200 & ??51023(c), nor does it permit the violation of Collective Bargaining Agreements with faculty & staff unions per ??51023.5(b)&(d), state & federal labor law.

    More importantly, the constituency most able to identify the programs, services, and policies needed for student success is the students themselves. Lack of hours of adequate hours of access to financial aid, disabled student, and academic counseling which are typically only open Monday-Thursday 8am-4:30pm, due to a combination of staff & faculty lay-off, increased case loads for counselors, and reduced funding of student services. Interim Chancellor Scott-Skillman, the Special Trustee Dr. Robert Agrella, and elected members of the SFCCD Board of Trustees have adopted a consistently condescending, paternalistic tone in dismissing student input, and have rarely sought the formal advice of the duly-elected Associated Student leaders per Title 5 ??51023.7 & CA Ed. Code ??76060, particularly after the start of 2013, despite heroic efforts on the part of ASEC President Williams, Student Trustee Walker, other student leaders, and concerned students to both represent their constituents, and educate the student body on the nature of the accreditation process. Such behavior speaks to an implicit classism, and is reminiscent of the in loco parentis mentality of colleges before the student movements of the 1960’s. While no one questions their motives, their methods and policy proposals are unacceptable.

  • saintlennybruce

    The unaccountable accreditors at the ACCJC are imposing Eligibility Standard 4, which calls for hiring career managers with EdDs over teaching or counseling faculty with PhDs and years or decades of direct contact with students, as reflected in the CCSF Discipline Chair system. The ACCJC refused to count these experienced supervisory faculty (carrying reduced teaching & increased service loads) as administrators, despite the administrative functions they perform, preferring the CEO model exemplified by Interim Chancellor Scott-Skillman, who has been an administrator for almost 30 years, and spent 8 years in Sacramento as CCCS Vice-Chancellor at the CCCCO. It’s a neoliberal, managerialist agenda, that treats colleges like corporations, applies the degrading educational “standards” movement to the postsecondary education of adults (creating abysmal working & learning conditions), and dismisses the input of the faculty, staff, & students needed for informed decision-making. This flies in the face of the collegial, 800-year old Anglo-American university tradition, where deans are recruited from senior faculty, as well as faculty, staff, and student CCR Title 5 rights to “meaningful participation” in the shared governance process used to formulate policy recommendation to Boards of Trustees.

    Accreditation sanctions impose Eligibility & Standards Recommendations for policy changes required to lift them, causing districts to seek legal counsel on interpreting state laws for Board/Administrative Policy provided by the centralized CCLC & CCCCO, and technical assistance from expensive private consultants. As demonstrated throughout the CCC system over the past dozen years under Barbara Beno’s tenure as ACCJC President, districts under threat by accreditors of serious sanctions, or possible loss of the accreditation needed to receive state & federal funds thus forcing closure, district Boards of Trustees & Presidents/Chancellors have used these “emergencies” as rationales to do an end-run around the Title 5 rights of faculty under ??53200 & ??51023(c), non-managerial staff under ??51023.5, and students under ??51023.7 & CA Ed. Code ??76060. The tight reporting timelines imposed allow districts to invoke ??51023.5(a)(5) and ??51023.7(a)(2) when bypassing Title 5 rights to “effective participation” by staff and students completely, causing many ill-advised programmatic, policy, and fee structure changes state-wide. However, even such manufactured emergencies do not waive the obligation of district Chancellors & Boards to “consult collegially” with the Academic Senate, and “rely[ing] primarily upon the advice and judgment of the academic senate” on “[a]cademic and professional matters” per ??53200 & ??51023(c), nor does it permit the violation of Collective Bargaining Agreements with faculty & staff unions per ??51023.5(b)&(d), state & federal labor law.

    More importantly, the constituency most able to identify the programs, services, and policies needed for student success is the students themselves. Lack of hours of adequate hours of access to financial aid, disabled student, and academic counseling which are typically only open Monday-Thursday 8am-4:30pm, due to a combination of staff & faculty lay-off, increased case loads for counselors, and reduced funding of student services. Interim Chancellor Scott-Skillman, the Special Trustee Dr. Robert Agrella, and elected members of the SFCCD Board of Trustees have adopted a consistently condescending, paternalistic tone in dismissing student input, and have rarely sought the formal advice of the duly-elected Associated Student leaders per Title 5 ??51023.7 & CA Ed. Code ??76060, particularly after the start of 2013, despite heroic efforts on the part of ASEC President Williams, Student Trustee Walker, other student leaders, and concerned students to both represent their constituents, and educate the student body on the nature of the accreditation process. Such behavior speaks to an implicit classism, and is reminiscent of the in loco parentis mentality of colleges before the student movements of the 1960’s. While no one questions their motives, their methods and policy proposals are unacceptable.