To the members of the faculty and of the broader City College of San Francisco community:
In the wake of the yesterday’s ACCJC decision to terminate CCSF’s accreditation, effective July 31,2014, there is no room to do anything except whatever we can to save the college for our students and our community.
This is not the time to fight. This is not the time to rail against the ACCJC or the state budget or the Board of Trustees or the privatizing forces in public education. This is not the time to march or write letters to our government representatives and agencies. No. If that’s what you’re thinking — stop now. We cannot get closer to the edge of closing the college.
This is the time to step back, down, and out of way. This is not about us, the workers of the college. This is about the students and the community of San Francisco.
We can still save the college by demonstrating in our appeal of the ACCJC decision that we are ready to change and willing to do what is necessary. To do that we have to shut up and listen.
State Community College Chancellor Brice Harris was speaking directly to us at the end of his announcement yesterday when he said, “to delay or obstruct progress will only ensure the demise of CCSF”:
If we refuse to listen and continue to fight, then we will be responsible for closing City College. Instead, let’s adapt to the changes we have to make and support the creation of a newly thriving college for all of San Francisco.