City College of San Francisco

City Attorney Dennis Herrera at a City Hall press conferenceIn June 2013, the private and largely unaccountable agency responsible for accrediting California’s community colleges confirmed the worst fears of City College of San Francisco: that the college’s accreditation would be terminated in one year.

The controversial move by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, or ACCJC, came despite significant progress by City College to address deficiencies that accreditors had identified the prior year. And it all but assured the closure of a cherished public institution that has been a cornerstone of economic opportunity and educational promise for generations of San Franciscans.

City Attorney Herrera sued the ACCJC on August 22, 2013, and when three months of procedural delays convinced him of accreditors’ intention “to run out the clock” on City College’s existence, Herrera filed a high-stakes motion for a preliminary injunction to successfully halt the termination.

The case is: People of the State of California ex rel. Dennis Herrera v. Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges et al., S.F. Superior Court No. 13-533693, filed Aug. 22, 2013.

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