Largest California Junior College to Lose Accreditation

City College of San Francisco, California’s largest community college, has been notified that it will lose accreditation next year, according to the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office.

The school with about 85,000 students was found to be out of compliance with requirements for financial accountability, governance and instructional programs, according to the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges. The body said it would terminate the school’s accreditation effective July 31, 2014.

Loss of accreditation can make a college ineligible for government funds. Chancellor Brice W. Harris said he would appoint a special trustee with extraordinary powers to help City College through a challenge to the move.

“City College can appeal the decision and work over the next year to address the remaining deficiencies identified by the commission,” Harris said. “It is very important to note that City College is still open and accredited and will accept new students for the fall term.”

The commission said the school had fully responded to just two of 14 recommendations for change and corrected few of the deficiencies identified in a sanctions letter last year. The commission said the lack of financial accountability and deficiencies in leadership and governance were the main obstacles to a turnaround.

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee said he was disappointed by the college’s lack of progress in meeting the accrediting standards.

(Updates with mayor in last paragraph.)
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