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SF college loses round in certification fight

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- One of California's largest community colleges has lost its initial bid to hold onto its accreditation and stay open, but the certification fight is far from over for City College of San Francisco.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/1cd2GxJ ) that the president of the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges notified the college that it is unwilling to reverse its decision from last year to strip the school of its accreditation in July 2014 because of what it said were intractable financial and governance problems.

The decision paves the way for San Francisco City College to submit a formal appeal.

The Chronicle says Chancellor Art Tyler has a Plan B: persuading the commission that the college's mission, leadership and programs have changed so substantially that it merits a reevaluation.

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Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, http://www.sfgate.com

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