CCSF transfer influx after accreditation failure


Photo by Sean Dennison/The Skyline View

CCSF students line up outside of the admissions and records office.

Michelle Kelly, TSV Interim News Editor

As City College of San Francisco lost its accreditation students have been worrying about the future of their school and their education. However, for the time being CCSF’s accreditation is in good standing at least through spring 2014. This means that any classes taken before then and any degrees or certifications earned will be honored.

On July 8, 2013 the California Community College Board of Governors suspended the previous CCSF Board of Trustees from any place of power. The state then appointed a Special Trustee to overtake former responsibilities.

The interim CCSF Board of Trustees requested a review from the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges on July 30, 2013. The new board has prepared and submitted a written statement as to why an evaluation is warranted. “There has been an increase of CCSF students interested in transferring to Skyline College,” John Mosby, Skyline Dean of Enrollment, wrote via email. “Student traffic did increase quite a bit before beginning of school.”

As the process continues for CCSF to keep its doors open to students, Skyline enrollment has been feeling the effects. “I’ve seen a lot of students who think the school [CCSF] is going to close,” said Michelle Haggar, Program Services Coordinator at the Transfer Center. “A lot of questions are ‘Will my classes still count?’”

Mosby expects the issues of accreditation at CCSF to have a large impact on the bay area.

“An expected increase in the number of students commuting from San Francisco would increase to districts such as Peralta, SanMateo and Marin as neighboring districts,” Mosby wrote via email. “In addition, public transportation would be a major factor for these students should they explore other community college options.”

Although CCSF is still standing and operating students are investigating their options. Transferring prematurely may be the wrong idea according to Mosby. “If you can finish your requirements at CCSF by the end of spring 2014,” he wrote via email. “Taking these courses at CCSF may save you time.”