Accreditation FAQ for Students


Q: Is City College of San Francisco OPEN?

Yes, City College remains open and accredited. We invite you to apply and enroll in a class for the fall semester.

Q: What will happen to transfer students?

City College transferable units will transfer and are accepted by colleges and universities as recognized units from an accredited institution.

Q: Will City College close next year?

The decision of the ACCJC is not final. The College has a right to request a review of the commission’s decision, which it will do. This will take several months. This is the avenue the College is pursuing. During this time, work continues to address the recommendations from ACCJC.

Q:  Will the College still be open during the Spring 2014 semester.

Yes, we are preparing a class schedule for the Spring 2014 semester and will be open, accredited and enrolling students.


Q:  Are students who are enrolled in a certificate program able to compete their

certification if the college does not receive accrediation?

Accomodations will be made for students enrolled in certificate programs so that they can complete their programs. The college may continue offering the required courses after its initial closure.

Q:  Am I still eligible for financial aid?

Yes. The college remains open and accredited. Transferable units will transfer, degrees and certificates will be recognized as awarded from an accredited institution, and students eligible for financial aid, will still receive that aid.

Q:  What is a review process?

The ACCJC has a Policy on Review of Commission Actions. We have a right to request a review of the commission’s decision. If the decision of the commission, following the review, upholds the termination of the institution, the institution will then have the right to appeal in accordance with the ACCJC Bylaws.

The institution’s status of “show cause” remains in effect until the termination action becomes final.  City College remains an accredited institution during the review and appeal process.


Q:  What are the grounds for ACCJC’s decision to terminate accreditation?

The ACCJC decision letter is on the college’s home page. Please follow the link below for more information.


Q:  Should students begin looking to attend other colleges?

We urge you to continue your education at City College. The college is open and accredited. If the college accreditation is not reinstated through the review and appeal process, we will address the closure report which will outline the path we will take to assist students in finding a new education path.


Q:  I am an incoming freshman. Should I plan to still attend?

If the college does have to close, how will I transfer after one year?

We urge you to attend City College and begin your college career with us as we move through the review process. The college is open and accredited. Should the college have to close, we will work with students to help find a new educational path.


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Q: What is accreditation?

A: The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) accredits
associate degree granting institutions in the Western region of the U.S. ACCJC operates under
the corporate entity the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The ACCJC is
one of seven regional accrediting commissions. The ACCJC is authorized to operate by the U.S.
Department of Education through the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008.

Accreditation is a voluntary system of self-regulation developed to evaluate overall educational
quality and institutional effectiveness (The Commission’s complete Purpose Statement is
available in Article I, section 2 of its Bylaws). The ACCJC accreditation process provides
assurance to the public that the accredited member colleges meet the Standards; the education
earned at the institutions is of value to the student who earned it; and employers, trade, or
profession-related licensing agencies, and other colleges and universities can accept a student’s
credential as legitimate.

Q: Is City College of San Francisco currently accredited?

A: Yes. CCSF is a fully accredited community college. Credits earned by students are
transferable to other accredited institutions.

Q: What is CCSF's current accreditation status?

A: CCSF was placed on "Show Cause" status on July 1, 2012.


Q: What is "Show Cause" status?

A: When the accrediting commission finds an institution to be in substantial non-compliance
with its eligibility requirements, standards or policies, or when it has not responded to the
imposed conditions, ACCJC may require an institution to show cause why its accreditation
should not be withdrawn at the end of a specified period. During this time, an institution is
subject to reports and extra visits to be determined by the commission. During this Show Cause
period, the institution remains accredited and we are doing everything we can to maintain accreditation.


Q. What are some of the issues at CCSF according to the Accrediting

Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC)?

A: In the ACCJC Evaluation Report, there are 14 recommendations that specify areas of
improvement. These recommendations cover issues related to the institution’s mission,
planning processes, student learning outcomes, finances, human resources, physical facilities,
technology, and governing structures. The ACCJC Evaluation Report is available online at:

Q: Will the college's status affect my financial aid?

A: No. CCSF's accredited status continues and students' financial aid will not be affected.

Q: Will other colleges accept my courses if I choose to transfer?

A: Yes. The course credits you earn at CCSF will continue to transfer as they do now.


Q: Why does CCSF have to prepare a formal plan to close?

A: While on Show Cause status, ACCJC requires the college to prepare a “Closure Report”
which describes the plan in case of closure. The “Closure Report” is essential to enable a
process for students to continue an education plan. CCSF is taking every step and precaution to
address the Commission's recommendations to demonstrate why its accreditation should be

Q: Where can I find out more information about accreditation?

A: The accrediting commission, ACCJC, provides information on its website:
Accreditation Information is posted on CCSF's homepage.