I see these as two separate subjects, which the "Save City College Coalition" is mixing in what I see as an attempt to move attention away from the mismanagement that has gone on at CCSF for a decade or more. I hope LPSF keeps these subjects separate.
The Accreditation Commission's website describes who they are in a couple of paragraphs:
"The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) accredits associate degree granting institutions in the Western region of the U.S. ACCJC operates under the corporate entity the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The ACCJC is one of seven regional accrediting commissions. The ACCJC is authorized to operate by the U.S. Department of Education through the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008."
"Accreditation is a voluntary system of self regulation developed to evaluate overall educational quality and institutional effectiveness (The Commission's complete Purpose Statement is available in Article I, section 2 of its Bylaws). The ACCJC accreditation process provides assurance to the public that the accredited member colleges meet the Standards; the education earned at the institutions is of value to the student who earned it; and employers, trade or profession-related licensing agencies, and other colleges and universities can accept a student's credential as legitimate."
Since nowadays in order to do anything one needs some kind of license, supposedly to show minimum standards of efficiency, I am not surprised community colleges need such a license -- accreditation in their case. However, I wonder if anyone, including the "Coalition" needs a report from the Accreditation Commission to know that City College is a basket case of mismanagement!
Why not? It's LPSF fault. Look at what it has done to you.
Mike Denny's wise-cracks have been inadequate to overcome the moribund level of humor so I thought I would make some shots to produce a more jovial atmosphere.
After all, we gotta get ready to lose the next election. That's enough to make anybody humorless...kinda like death-row for liberty's hopes and dreams.
BTW, Dave Jones and I spent a few hours yesterday, among other things, plotting the resurrection of libertarians in Marin and Sonoma counties. We decided there will be a "Libertarian Society" meeting weekly at Terrapin Crosroads. Between the two of us, we can take responsibility for the meeting. We checked out the venue and talked to the management about our vision. We will meet, plan and do stuff that people in a libertarian society would do.
It will be Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday and we will have interesting programs and activities. Air-guitar, smoke-outs and fast-draw contests top the list, until more creative talent steps-up to the activities director's position.. We'll probably have our elected officials visit us too. Naturally, there will be the usual pointless political combat, until our political savvy has been honed.
But the Crossroads is definitely the spot. And there may be personal growth opportunities, from visits by gurus from various disciplines. There is definitely a need for a place, that people can learn what it means to be a free person. More on this later.