CAA: ‘The Latest on City College’

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Jenny Lam, Vincent Pan, Betty Cao, and Susan Hsieh sent this email, “The Latest on City College,” on Oct. 8. I share it here in its entirely, but some links form the original email may not be here. Go here to get involved: http://www.movecitycollegeforward.org.

Dear Friends,

We have important updates to share with you.

In recent weeks, we’ve been meeting with key decision-makers with respect to the future of City College of San Francisco. We’ve spoken with City College Special Trustee Robert Agrella, the Office of the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges, the Office of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, and many others.

From our meetings, it is apparent two paths are being pursued to address the crisis facing City College.

First, legal actions. Two weeks ago, the California Federation of Teachers filed a lawsuit to block the Accreditation Commission’s decision against City College. Their extensive litigation highlights grievances similar to those in the lawsuit filed earlier by San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera. If these legal strategies succeed, they can prevent City College from closing; at a minimum, they raise important questions about transparency and clarity from the Accreditation Commission.

Second, meeting accreditation requirements. City College administrators and faculty are working to improve governance and strengthen financial controls. The hiring of a permanent Chancellor and filling of key vice chancellor vacancies will provide much needed leadership stability for the College. Administrators are also pursuing the Commission’s formal review and appeal process. Ultimately, the goal is to have the Commission change its earlier decision.

Both paths are aligned with our principles, but much more is needed to keep City College open for all.

State elected officials must begin to address the devastating impact that decreased student registration will have on future City College revenue. The turmoil has caused an estimated 12% drop in enrollment that equals a loss of tens of millions of dollars next year. Similarly, City elected officials must ensure programs that serve communities of color, immigrants, and already vulnerable low-income neighborhoods get the City support that they need.

Our fight for City College continues. More than 5,000 people like you have signed our petition letter. Dozens of grassroots volunteers join our campaign each week.

You can continue to help by:

  • Sharing the message that City College is open, accredited, and enrolling students now.
  • Sharing our petition link (http://bit.ly/16y5k2d) on Facebook, Twitter, and through email.
  • Volunteering with us on outreach, especially in non-English languages.
  • Emailing us your story of why City College matters to you.
  • Letting us know how you’d like to be more involved.

City College is too important to close. As indicated in a hearing and report called upon by Supervisor Eric Mar, City College generates more than $300 million in economic benefit for San Francisco while creating educational opportunities for those who are often left behind.

We thank you for your support.

http://www.movecitycollegeforward.org

Sincerely,

Jenny Lam, Vincent Pan, Betty Cao, and Susan Hsieh

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