The mood at City College of San Francisco continues to evolve, but more and more I hear people around the college saying they believe we are going to recover from the threat of losing our accreditation and continue to serve our community for years to come.
It’s not surprising. We’ve worked hard as individuals and as a college community to meet the accreditation standards. The progress is substantial as you can see for yourself at CCSF Forward. We may have dragged our feet over some issues, but overall we’ve come to grips with the importance of meeting or exceeding the standards and gotten it done.
The big question now is what kind of college we will be at the other end of this crisis. When you add up the changes we’ve made for accreditation, a new administration, rule changes coming from the state legislature, enrollment declines that have effected most California community colleges, and the continuing pressures of demographic changes in and around San Francisco, you’ve got a recipe for a drastically different college in the next five years.
That’s part of why the college’s new Educational Master Plan (EMP) is so important. The EMP is a “long range plan that sets a unified direction for CCSF’s future over the next five years.” The process of creating the EMP has already begun, but you can still be a part of the conversation (see calendar). The voice of the community we serve is the most important part of this plan. It would be great to see you there.