The future of CCSF: good news & bad news
As reported by the SF Chronicle yesterday, the Board of Governors of the California Community College system has voted unanimously (14-0) to oust Barbara Beno's accrediting agency known as the ACCJC. The editorial board opines that the ACCJC's handling of City College's accreditation exposed that agency "as arrogant, stubborn, nontransparent and obsessed with minutia instead of its main mission: assuring quality education for the students." For many of us who are used to reading the Chronicle's dour and unbalanced reporting on the accreditation crisis, this editorial comes as a welcome, albeit belated, acknowledgment that the accredition process itself has been deeply flawed.
But it will take a long time for the state system to replace the ACCJC. By the end of 2016, it appears City College will still have to demonstrate 100% compliance with all of Ms. Beno's fuss-budgety standards and substandards in order to be granted continued accreditation for 2017. My hope is that Ms. Beno will be so moved by the reasonableness of City College's great efforts that she will find a way to overcome her obsessive/compulsive tendencies and say YES to continued accreditatioin.
The bad news is that CCSF faculty are likely to go out on strike in early December due to the incredibly unfair way CCSF's labor negotiators have treated the AFT2121 representatives. This is not one of those ordinary strikes about wages and benefits. The administration's overbearing labor negoiators have delayed answering union requests for information for months, thereby preventing the union from conducting its own in-depth analysis of enrollment and fiscal issues pertaining to budget. If the college makes a public statement claiming the faculty are disrupting the education of students by going on strike, here's the union's response:
"Faculty became educators in order to educate students--we do not take going on strike lightly. In fact, the administration is guilty of de-prioritizing student education by diverting funds from the direct work of educationg students into a reserve fund that is expected to grow over 20% of the budget, and treating its frontline workers like dirt."