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Ting Urges Students of City College of San Francisco to Register for Classes this Week

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Assemblymember Says CCSF is Too Important to Fail; Vows to Do What it Takes to Keep it Open

Sacramento, CA – As the deadline to register for Spring Semester classes looms, Assemblymember Phil Ting (D – San Francisco) called on students of City College of San Francisco (CCSF) to register by the February 1 cutoff, and not be deterred by the controversy surrounding the potential loss of accreditation by the college.

February 1st is the last day to register for full-term credit classes.

The registration schedule can be found here:

Already enrolled students may register here:

New students must submit an application for enrollment (for credit classes) here:

“Keeping enrollment stable at CCSF is an important part of helping the college achieve the reforms necessary to maintain its accreditation,” Ting said.  “It is crucial for students to understand that the quality of classes is not in question; rather the accreditation process is focused on a variety of management issues that need to be addressed.”

Ting also announced he will convene a meeting of key stakeholders this week to, for the first time, give the parties involved the opportunity to agree that closure is not an option, and to commit to doing what is necessary to keep the college open.

“The college is simply too important to fail,” Ting said.  “I am committed to engaging the assistance of stakeholders at the college, the state Community College Chancellor and the entire legislature to accomplish this.”

Ting, who has been an advocate for CCSF since his days as executive director of a civil rights organization, said the college has been “an open door to economic security and the middle class for generations of families in San Francisco and the Bay Area.  “We will not allow this door to opportunity to be closed,” he added.

While a locally elected board governs the college, it operates as part of a state system and receives state funding.  Trustees of the college are undergoing mandated contingency planning and as part of that process, have prepared options that include closure of the college that serves nearly 100,000 students at 9 campuses.

Ting, who is part of the Assembly leadership as Democratic Caucus Chair and a member of the Budget Subcommittee on Education and Higher Education, said he would lead an effort to examine alternatives to closure.