City College of San Francisco this week applied to have its accreditation status restored, a solution that could buy the college two more years to work on fixing problems the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges has identified. City College's lengthy accreditation crisis has become politicized. And many critics of the embattled commission had pushed for the college to resist the restoration option and to instead hold out to see the results of a legal challenge filed by San Francisco's city attorney. That trial is scheduled to begin October.
But the college's chancellor, Arthur Q. Tyler, wrote a letter to the commission to initiate restoration, which he said appears to be the "only remaining administrative option." Tyler said the college had "serious reservations" about the process.