College's Fight Underscores Love-Hate Relation Between Faculty and Accreditors

Faculty vs. Accreditor: A College's Fight Comes to Washington 1

Michael Short, Special to the San Francisco Chronicle

City College of San Francisco is threatened with loss of accreditation. Union and faculty representatives are expected to argue in Washington this week for taking away the accreditor's authority instead.

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Michael Short, Special to the San Francisco Chronicle

City College of San Francisco is threatened with loss of accreditation. Union and faculty representatives are expected to argue in Washington this week for taking away the accreditor's authority instead.

Faculty members sometimes grumble about the administrative burdens associated with accreditation, but a conflict between the accreditor and the faculty of City College of San Francisco may have set a new low for such relationships.

The dispute highlights the ambivalence that many in higher education feel toward accreditation. While most embrace the values and goals of accreditation, the process and procedures are seen as arcane and unwieldy, the result of layers of federal oversight