Rally, press conference to tell tale of two colleges

MEDIA ADVISORY for June 4, 2015

Contact: Fred Glass, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (510) 579-3343

How Accrediting Commission ruined education for thousands at CCSF, Heald College

Legislators, students, faculty, and community supporters from colleges across California will rally and hold a press conference advocating for statewide accreditation reform at 1 pm on Friday, June 5, at the Oakland Airport Hilton (One Hegenberger Road), where the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) will hold its biannual three-day meeting. As usual, the public will be barred from the proceedings. Rally speakers will include students from City College of San Francisco and Heald College. They will describe how the ACCJC broke the law in its overzealous attempt to close an excellent school (CCSF), while looking the other way as a lawbreaking school (Heald, operated by Corinthian) preyed on thousands of students. Both instances ended with similar catastrophic results: thousands of poor and working class students were denied an education. Faculty from several community colleges around the state will describe their own experiences with ACCJC's expensive, arbitrary, inconsistent and wasteful accreditation practices, detailing the need for comprehensive reform of accreditation in California. Legislators will describe efforts to rein in the rogue agency, including current legislation, AB 1397 and AB 1385 (Ting).

WHAT: Rally and Press Conference
WHO: Heald and CCSF students; faculty; legislators
WHEN: 1 pm, Friday, June 5, 2015
WHERE: Press Conference: Boardroom 2, Building 5, Oakland Airport Hilton, One Hegenberger Road
VISUALS: Rally (sidewalk) with signs, banners, human billboarding


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