San Mateo - Congresswomen Jackie Speier (D-San Francisco/San Mateo/Redwood City) and Anna G. Eshoo (CA-18) and State Senator Jim Beall will hold a forum, “Is the Accrediting Process for California’s Community Colleges Fair and Accountable?”, on Thursday, November 7, 2013 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm in the Diego Rivera Theatre at City College of San Francisco.

Top representatives from California’s community colleges and community experts will discuss the effect that the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges has had on our schools, faculty and students and ways to improve the process. The ACCJC is authorized by the U.S. Department of Education and the State of California and accredits community and junior colleges in the Western United States. In July, it put City College of San Francisco on notice that it may revoke its accreditation next summer due to alleged violations of the accreditation standards. Two additional colleges, College of the Sequoias in Visalia and Northern Marianas College in Saipan, have also been placed on “show cause,” the most severe sanction. Solano Community College is “on warning,” the least severe sanction. At the same time, ACCJC is currently subject to a state audit and a U.S. Department of Education review of its practices.  

The forum will be live streamed on State Senator Baell's site.


Who:               Congresswoman Jackie Speier
                        Congresswoman Anna Eshoo
                        State Senator Jim Beall
                        Top representatives from California’s community colleges

What:              Forum: “Is the Accrediting Process for California’s Community Colleges Fair and
                        Accountable?”

When:             Thursday, November 7, 2013
                        1:00 – 2:30 pm

Where:           City College of San Francisco
                        Diego Rivera Theatre
                        50 Phelan Avenue
                        San Francisco, Ca 94112


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