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“ACCJC Gone Wild”: CFT critiques the accreditors | AFT 1493 President Addresses the ACCJC | AFT 1493 endorses oil extraction tax | Performance Evaluation Task Force (PETF) | Tax the Rich: An Animated Fairy Tale | Retiree Medical Benefits: An Introduction
Summary of September 2013 Agreement between AFT Local 1493 and San Mateo County Community College District
In the News
November 25, 2013— SF seeks injunction to stop CCSF closure (San Francisco Chronicle)
November 20, 2013— MOOCs Are Largely Reaching Privileged Learners, Survey Finds (Chronicle of Higher Education)
November 18, 2013— Angered by MOOC Deals, San Jose State Faculty Senate Considers Rebuff (Chronicle of Higher Education)
November 9, 2013— Calif.'s low community college fees face scrutiny (San Jose Mercury-News)
November 8, 2013— College district to seek review of accreditation agency (San Mateo Daily Journal)
November 7, 2013— Speier, Eshoo enter City College fray (San Francisco Chronicle)
November 6, 2013— Mohr tops vote for community college district (San Mateo Daily Journal)
“ACCJC Gone Wild”: Criticism of accreditors growing
The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) accredits two-year colleges in California and Hawaii. Sanctions imposed on colleges by the ACCJC in recent years have far exceeded the total sanctions by all other accreditation bodies in the country combined. On July 3, the ACCJC announced that they would terminate City College of San Francisco's accreditation effective July 31, 2014. (For more on CCSF's accreditation and responses to ACCJC's actions, see below and see updated news links in "In the News".)
A public forum on the question: "Is the Accrediting Process for California's Community Colleges Fair and Accountable?" led by US Reps. Jackie Speier and Anna Eshoo, was held at City College of San Francisco on Nov. 7, 2013. Click here to view a video of the complete (2 hour +) forum. Click here to view a 20-minute condensed version of the forum.
Who actually runs the ACCJC? What is the basis for the huge number of sanctions they have been imposing? What laws govern the decisions taken by ACCJC and who oversees their actions? These are some of the many questions that were taken up in an eye-opening report, titled “ACCJC Gone Wild”, written by Martin Hittelman (left), former President of the California Federation of Teachers (CFT). The original version was published in August 2012, and numerous revised versions have been put out since that date, with the most recent revision released July 8, 2013 . The report extensively analyzes many issues concerning how the ACCJC operates and it is highly recommended reading for anyone involved in or interested in the accreditation process. Download "ACCJC Gone Wild” here. Hittelman also maintains a website, Accreditationwatch.com, which includes "ACCJC Gone Wild" plus much more documentation exposing ACCJC's rogue actions.
On April 30, 2013, the CFT filed a 298-page complaint with the U.S. Department of Education, which oversees the Commission, calling for the reversal of the ACCJC's severe 2012 sanction on CCSF. CFT accused the Commission of violating state and federal laws and of engaging in conflicts of interest including the fact that the husband of Barbara Beno, the commission's president, was part of a team evaluating CCSF in March 2012. The Commission responded to the CFT complaint with a report issued on May 30 which essentially denied any merit to the CFT's charges (although it did not respond in any depth to the union's complaint that the commission has violated federal and state laws in its dealings with CCSF.) CFT president Joshua Pechthalt released a press statement commenting on the Commission's response that: "The dismissal of our complaint as 'without merit' by ACCJC is further proof that the agency overseeing community college accreditation lacks transparency and any capacity for self-critical analysis. We are extremely troubled by the way ACCJC has steered the accreditation process away from those values."
E-News: AFT & District Reach Tentative Contract Agreement
I have exciting news: Your AFT negotiating team and the District have reached a Tentative Agreement on a new faculty contract that includes salary increases for all faculty!
AFT 1493 President Addresses the ACCJC
In July of 2012, the ACCJC (Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges) asked City College of San Francisco (CCSF) to "show cause" to keep its accreditation. Their complaints were about financial planning, management, and documentation of assessment; they were not about the quality of education or teachers. City College faculty, staff and administrators, along with the city of San Francisco, have lived under the dark cloud of ACCJC's threat to shut down the college. In response to the Commission's complaints, City College has closed three instructional sites, restructured their system of shared governance, and implemented clearer assessment to demonstrate SLOs (Student Learning Objectives).
On June 5-7, the ACCJC met in Burlingame behind closed doors to make their decision about the accreditation of City College. To offer support and solidarity with our sister union, AFT 2121 of CCSF, your AFT 1493 President, Teeka James, was selected by the CFT (California Federation of Teachers) to give public testimony on its behalf during the public comment period on the final day of the meeting. As a representative of the CFT, Teeka delivered the message below, and then confidently fielded questions from the accreditation panel with clarity and poise.
AFT 1493 endorses oil extraction tax
AFT Local 1493's Executive Committee voted at its May 8, 2013 meeting to endore the California Modernization and Economic Development (CMED) Act. The CMED Act will provide between 2 and 2.5 billion dollars in revenue from the implementation of a 9.5% extraction tax on oil and natural gas. California is the only state in the Union that does not charge a significant tax on the oil and natural gas that's extracted from the state and sold on the global market.
Performance Evaluation Task Force (PETF)
The Performance Evaluation Task Force (PETF) was formed at the end of the Spring 2012 semester to review, evaluate, and revise the procedures and instruments currently in use for all levels of instructional and non-instructional faculty evaluation. Elizabeth Terzakis (English, Cañada), Lezlee Ware (Political Science, Cañada), Nina L. Floro (English, Skyline) and Tania Beliz (Biology, CSM) [from left to right in photo] were selected jointly by the District Academic Senate and AFT 1493 to serve as the PETF faculty members. District-appointed members of the Task Force include Regina Stanback Stroud, President of Skyline College, and Harry Joel, Vice Chancellor of Human Resources and Employee Relations.
Tax the Rich: An Animated Fairy Tale
An 8 minute video about how we arrived at this moment of poorly funded public services and widening economic inequality, narrated by Ed Asner, with animation by Mike Konopacki, written and directed by Fred Glass for the California Federation of Teachers.