Who guards the guardians?: national implications of accreditation at City College of San Francisco

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Author: Barber, Bob; McNair, Delores E.


This article addresses the broad context of community college accreditation which surrounds a controversy involving one of the largest community colleges in the United States, City College of San Francisco (CCSF), and its regional accrediting agency, the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC). Its purposes are to illuminate the issue of how accrediting agencies are held accountable and to highlight the importance of addressing student equity issues as part of accreditation. Rather than focusing on the details of the specific case, we reflect on the situation as...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Governance; Equity; Quality

Keywords: Accreditation; Accountability; Equal opportunity; Community college; Institutional administration

Geographic subjects: United States; North America

Published: Thousand Oaks, California: Sage Publications, 2017

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Journal title: Community college review

Journal volume: 45

Journal number: 3

Journal date: July 2017

Pages: pp. 215-233

ISSN: 0091-5521, 1940-2325 (online)

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Call number: TD/TNC 129.882

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