City College took another step on the way to keeping its accreditation on Thursday and Friday (4/4 and 4/5) when a nine-member visiting team from our accrediting body — the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) — spent both days meeting with administrators, faculty, classified staff, and students. They looked at documents, attended meetings, asked questions, and generally tried to find out if the college had really made the changes we outlined in our Show Cause report, submitted on March 15.
I was able to attend two different meetings with members of the team. They were forthright and honest about their questions and seemed genuinely interested in helping the college improve. They even complimented the college on the work we’ve done since July 2012 and said they “could see the difference.” That was encouraging, but it was hard not to be aware of the fact that their report could either help the college stay open or help close it down.
The visiting team will now prepare a report and send it on to the commission, who won’t meet to decide the college’s fate till June 5-7, 2013. The meeting will be held at the SFO Marriott, in Burlingame, CA.
So, now we finish up the semester and wait.