Herrera statement on City College of San Francisco securing full accreditation

“City College is part of the fabric of San Francisco. It provides hope, community and opportunity to anyone who needs it. I’m happy we were able to do our part to help keep the school open, and I’m thrilled this vital institution will now be able to serve its students and our city for generations to come.”

SAN FRANCISCO (Jan. 13, 2017)—City Attorney Dennis Herrera today issued the following statement on the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges’ decision to extend City College of San Francisco’s accreditation for a full term of seven years:

“City College is part of the fabric of San Francisco. It provides hope, community and opportunity to anyone who needs it. I’m happy we were able to do our part to help keep the school open, and I’m thrilled this vital institution will now be able to serve its students and our city for generations to come.”

Background

In a bid to save City College of San Francisco from virtually certain closure after its accreditation was slated for termination, City Attorney Dennis Herrera sued the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, or ACCJC, in August 2013 for unlawful business practices in its evaluation of the college. After winning the high-stakes preliminary injunction motion that successfully halted the termination process, Herrera’s suit ultimately proved that ACCJC engaged in “significant unlawful practices.” It also secured tough, enforceable injunctions to protect City College’s rights in the evaluation process.

The case is: People of the State of California ex rel. Dennis Herrera v. Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges et al., San Francisco Superior Court No. 13-533693, filed Aug. 22, 2013. Additional documentation from the case is available on the City Attorney’s website at: https://www.sfcityattorney.org/. 

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