Accreditation Issues, 13.9% Enrollment Drop:  City College Urging Students To Register For Fall Classes

City College of San Francisco officials along with state Assemblyman Phil Ting were reminding students today to register for classes this fall.

Ting, D-San Francisco, held a news conference at the State Building in San Francisco this afternoon urging prospective students to enroll in classes as the school deals with accreditation issues.

He said that the school is still open and running this fall and into next year, even after the school found out it would lose its accreditation after a decision from the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges earlier this month.

The college’s accreditation is set to end next year on July 31, 2014.

That decision came after the school was put on “show cause” status last year. The commission listed 14 recommendations for the school to improve its governing, organization, finances, student support, services, campus facilities and other issues.

The school filed a report in March 2013 that attempted to show how it had addressed the problems pinpointed by the commission.

However, the commission found that only two of the 14 recommendations had been implemented.

Robert Agrella has since been appointed as a special trustee with full control to manage the board and make decisions on behalf of the school.

Ting said students should know that credits until July 31, 2014, and potentially beyond will still be deemed accredited and transferable to four-year universities.

The same courses and instructors are still offered, he said.

“It’s business as usual this year,” he said.

CCSF Board of Trustees president John Rizzo said enrollment is down by 13.9 percent, which translates to $20 million in possible funding cuts.

There are about 80,000 students at the college’s various campuses, which include the Ocean Avenue main campus, Chinatown, downtown and Mission District locations.

CCSF Academic Senate President Karen Saginor emphasized that teaching quality is the school’s top priority and reassured students about the quality of their credits.

“No matter what happens…credits are good forever,” she said.

She said misinformation that degrees from the school will become worthless is false and that all units will count.

Alissa Messer, president of the teachers’ union AFT 2121, said the quality of education has never been in question during the accreditation process.

She advised Bay Area residents interested in supporting and helping the school to take a course.

Class schedules have been distributed to community centers, local businesses, libraries and other high-profile areas to encourage enrollment, Messer said.

There is also a marketing campaign to promote enrollment, which includes radio and online ads and signage.
Fall instruction begins on Aug. 14. Enrollment for new students begins Aug. 5, while the sign-up period for returning students has already opened. Students can enroll online at ccsf.edu.

While encouraging more students to enroll, school officials have asked for the commission to review the decision to revoke accreditation. Saginor said the commission is expected file their findings next week.

If the decision remains, then the school will file an appeal.

During the appeal process, the school will remain accredited.

Trustees Rafael Mandelman and Chris Jackson also attended the news conference.

Sasha Lekach, Bay City News

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  • yermom72

    Can anyone explain to me why administrative and/or financial problems at schools like this are punished by loss of accreditation, instead of some more constructive, less draconian measure? I can’t see how this does anything else but hurt the students and make it more difficult for the college to get back on track. It might be one thing if this was a for-profit school, but the ACCJC’s mission should be to support and improve community colleges, not execute them.

    • Smarten_Up

      Hate to have to say this yermom72, but punishment is EXACTLY what is ACCJC’c plan.

      They have been busy approving the online, for profit schools while Calif has been starving CCSF, so surprise, CCSF does not look so good in comparison. Guess who wins? (And it is not the students…but the profiteers!)

  • yermom72

    Can anyone explain to me why administrative and/or financial problems at schools like this are punished by loss of accreditation, instead of some more constructive, less draconian measure? I can’t see how this does anything else but hurt the students and make it more difficult for the college to get back on track. It might be one thing if this was a for-profit school, but the ACCJC’s mission should be to support and improve community colleges, not execute them.

    • Smarten_Up

      Hate to have to say this yermom72, but punishment is EXACTLY what is ACCJC’c plan.

      They have been busy approving the online, for profit schools while Calif has been starving CCSF, so surprise, CCSF does not look so good in comparison. Guess who wins? (And it is not the students…but the profiteers!)

  • Edward Brown

    I tried to sign up , but nobody would answer thier phones. they just kept referring me from one dept. to another. Gave me the run around, no wonder thier enrollment is dropping and thier going out of business. Shame on you fin. aid & disab. srvs.

    • Jigen

      Online application is better http://home.cccapply.org/

      • jdock

        I tried applying online and it said I was accepted but then when I went to register for classes, it said I needed to apply, so I tried to apply again, but when I did that, it said I was already accepted. And around, around it goes.

        • Jigen

          Did you receive a login for Web4 at ccsf.edu? I ask because all official emails is sent to your CCSF email. After logging in go to Student Services > Student CCSFmail, and there you’ll see your CCSF email address (they automaticaly assign you one), a temporary password (you can change it), and a link that goes to the email login. See in your inbox if there’s any additional thing you need to do. If there’s nothing in there or you haven’t gotten a Web4 login, then just wait and let the application process. There should be an email telling you when to register.

    • landtorpedo

      I support, on principle, the existence of CCSF and absolutely oppose the de-accreditation scam of the privatization neocons. Having said that, I have to also report that, in my experience, CCSF’s admissions and registration department as a monumental joke. This is the second semester that I’ve tried to register online and their Web4, user-unfriendly as hell anyway, is incapable of completing the transaction. Last semester, It would not accept online payment after multiple attempts and I gave up. This semester it confirmed my re-application, then failed to send the follow- up registration appointment email. I called and got the runaround by a bunch of inept answerers. I left a message for the Dean of Admissions with a call-back number. No call-back. Then when I tried again to register online, I got a message that they had closed my Web4 access and that I have go out to the campus. I’d like to know how

      • landtorpedo

        … CCSF can campaign for more enrollment and at the same time speed-bump themselves like that. The wolves are out to get CCSF and it seems that they’re their own worst enemy.

  • Edward Brown

    I tried to sign up , but nobody would answer thier phones. they just kept referring me from one dept. to another. Gave me the run around, no wonder thier enrollment is dropping and thier going out of business. Shame on you fin. aid & disab. srvs.

    • Jigen

      Online application is better http://home.cccapply.org/

      • jdock

        I tried applying online and it said I was accepted but then when I went to register for classes, it said I needed to apply, so I tried to apply again, but when I did that, it said I was already accepted. And around, around it goes.

        • Jigen

          Did you receive a login for Web4 at ccsf.edu? I ask because all official emails is sent to your CCSF email. After logging in go to Student Services > Student CCSFmail, and there you’ll see your CCSF email address (they automaticaly assign you one), a temporary password (you can change it), and a link that goes to the email login. See in your inbox if there’s any additional thing you need to do. If there’s nothing in there or you haven’t gotten a Web4 login, then just wait and let the application process. There should be an email telling you when to register.

    • landtorpedo

      I support, on principle, the existence of CCSF and absolutely oppose the de-accreditation scam of the privatization neocons. Having said that, I have to also report that, in my experience, CCSF’s admissions and registration department as a monumental joke. This is the second semester that I’ve tried to register online and their Web4, user-unfriendly as hell anyway, is incapable of completing the transaction. Last semester, It would not accept online payment after multiple attempts and I gave up. This semester it confirmed my re-application, then failed to send the follow- up registration appointment email. I called and got the runaround by a bunch of inept answerers. I left a message for the Dean of Admissions with a call-back number. No call-back. Then when I tried again to register online, I got a message that they had closed my Web4 access and that I have go out to the campus. I’d like to know how

      • landtorpedo

        … CCSF can campaign for more enrollment and at the same time speed-bump themselves like that. The wolves are out to get CCSF and it seems that they’re their own worst enemy.

  • Guest

    “Ting said students should know that credits until July 31, 2014, and potentially beyond will still be deemed accredited and transferable to four-year universities.”

    Yes. Yes. The credits are transferable. This is comforting new to existing students trying to finish up the programs. But who would want to deal with the uncertainty and the bad reputation of a closed school. I do not blame the news students for going elsewhere.

  • Guest

    “Ting said students should know that credits until July 31, 2014, and potentially beyond will still be deemed accredited and transferable to four-year universities.”

    Yes. Yes. The credits are transferable. This is comforting new to existing students trying to finish up the programs. But who would want to deal with the uncertainty and the bad reputation of a closed school. I do not blame the news students for going elsewhere.

  • Guest

    “comforting news” not “comforting new”
    “new students” not “news students”

  • Guest

    “comforting news” not “comforting new”
    “new students” not “news students”

  • sebra leaves

    There are a lot of complaints about the application process. The computer system appears to be broken, and now we hear that nobody answers the phone. Before complaining to the media, City College ought to test their signup system.
    Should one trust an education system that can’t sign students up for classes?
    Send this message to Ting and everyone else who thinks people should continue to attend City College. And inform the PR department that the first step in public relations is to communicate with the customer base.

  • sebra leaves

    There are a lot of complaints about the application process. The computer system appears to be broken, and now we hear that nobody answers the phone. Before complaining to the media, City College ought to test their signup system.
    Should one trust an education system that can’t sign students up for classes?
    Send this message to Ting and everyone else who thinks people should continue to attend City College. And inform the PR department that the first step in public relations is to communicate with the customer base.