The City College of San Francisco accreditation crisis has had a dominant position in the news over the last year, and with it a fast approaching deadline and the mounting uncertainty that brings. While media attention on the accreditation issue has centered on state agency and administrative perspectives, there is another voice that needs to be heard. CCSF students are going to classes each day, as their future at the college and the ultimate transitions they must make are foremost in their minds.
Here, members of the CCSF Associated Students Council share their thoughts on college commitment, school spirit, and concern over what some see as media coverage centered on college administrative issues, although the college crisis directly affects its students most of all.
- This is a two-part series: Part 1
Associated Students Council, Ocean Campus
"CCSF is considering a proposal to raise fees for International students and non-California resident tuition. Peter Goldstein, our Vice Chancellor of Finance & Administration, has agreed to meet with student leaders and students who will be affected by the proposed fee changes. This increase will impact students that are nonresidents of the state of California, which includes out-of-state residents, international and foreign students, and anyone living in California as a permanent resident less than one year and one day as of January 13, 2013. Regardless of a raise in tuition, City College of San Francisco will still be an affordable, accredited, and accessible intuition for the non-California resident and international students. The proposal will be a method-based estimation and comparison to several other community college tuitions to currently increase the tuition $16 from $187 per credit unit to $203 per credit unit. Moreover, the Associated Students Council stands in solidarity with these students."
"Even though City College of San Francisco is lacking in enrollment by 2,700 full-time students out of the 3,000-student enrollment gap, teachers and faculty and the Associated Students in the past several months have been ambitiously working on an increased enrollment campaign to ensure that we will not lose $6.2 million. There has been a mass mobilization of marketing and promotional efforts in the face of declining enrollment numbers through methods of conducting outreach including advertising, online communications, enhancing the registration experience and public relations efforts. In addition, calling former students and speaking with the San Francisco community to inform them that CCSF Spring 2013 is still open and accessible to enroll, especially in open classes that start late in February and March."
"I am confident that City College of San Francisco will overcome the accreditation crisis and emerge as an empowered and stronger institution. That means hard work and devotion, unity, sacrifice, and prioritizing student needs, demands, and interests for City College of San Francisco to remain an accredited institution."
- Vice President of Communications Melanie Ortanez of Associated Students Council Ocean Campus
"Greater attention needs to be given to student demands in this process going forward; they deserve to have their voices heard during this crucial time when many policies up for discussion will heavily impact their experience at City College. It seems lately the media is more interested in focusing on union issues rather than listening to the demands of students."
– Senator Raja Sutherland of Associated Students Council Ocean Campus of City College of San Francisco
- Read Part 2
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