City College of San Francisco

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City College of San Francisco
City College SF Seal - Black.png
Motto The Truth Shall Make You Free
Established August 26, 1935
Type Public (two-year)
Chancellor Arthur Q. Tyler
Admin. staff 1,836
Undergraduates 33,165 [2012][1]
Location San Francisco, California, USA
Campus Urban
Sports Team CCSF Rams

City College of San Francisco, or CCSF, is a two-year community college in San Francisco, California. The Ocean Avenue campus, in the Ingleside neighborhood, is the college's primary location. CCSF is the largest community college in California and accommodates 90,000 students every year.


City College first opened in August 1935 as San Francisco Junior College. In February 1948, the name was changed to City College of San Francisco.[2] It consists of eleven campuses, the Ocean Avenue campus being the primary one. Since its founding in 1935, City College has evolved into a multicultural, multi-campus community college that is one of the largest in the country. CCSF offers courses in more than 50 academic programs and over 100 occupational disciplines. There is a full range of credit courses leading to the Associate of Arts and Science degrees, most of which meet the general education requirements for transfer to a four-year colleges and universities.

Campus life[edit]

The Student Activities Office provides resources, support and leadership training for eight Associated Students Councils and more than 80 clubs and student organizations. It sponsors a wide variety of concerts and lectures throughout the year. It funds the Book Loan Program, Dr. Betty Shabazz Family Resource Center, Multi-Cultural Resource Center, Queer Resource Center, Student Health, Students Supporting Students mentoring program, and Women’s Resource Center.

Students can also avail themselves of the Fitness Center, enjoy nationally ranked intercollegiate sports, and participate in the College’s award-winning intercollegiate Speech and Debate Program. The College also features a student-run newspaper, The Guardsman, an award-winning magazine, ETC as well as television and radio stations. Performances given by students in music, dance, and theatre Arts further enhance campus life.

Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community[edit]

Currently, there is a Queer Alliance student group and a Queer Resource Center on campus. The Queer Resource Center is an academic and informational resource center for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender queer, intersex, questioning, and straight allies.[3] The Queer Resource Center aims to empower and celebrate its demographic as well as its community.[4] The center has participated in anti-violence, anti-homophobia, and anti-transphobia rallies and workshops.[5] The center has struggled with funding although this has caught the attention of politicians, notably the Green Party, whose candidate for board of trustees John Rizzo has promised funds for more LGBT studies and the Queer Resource Center.[6]


On campus, there are numerous student activity groups, gender-specific courses, and health services. For example, the Women's Resource Center and Library (Smith Hall, 103–104) offers women on campus an opportunity to network with academic support services and resources, and Project Survive is a campus peer education group working to promote healthy relationships and end abuse and sexual violence.[7]


CCSF is part of the San Francisco Community College District which is independent and co-extensive with the City and County of San Francisco and part of the California Community Colleges System. The district's Board of Trustees is elected by San Francisco residents. District funds are allocated from the state legislature, local property taxes, student tuition and fees, lottery funds, sales tax funds, and miscellaneous sources.

On July 3, 2013, the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges voted to revoke CCSF's accreditation, effective July 31, 2014. ACCJC has made recommendations to the college several times about major problems. In July 2012, ACCJC gave the college eight months to prove it should remain accredited and ordered it to "make preparations for closure".[8] Once the accreditation expires, the college may close indefinitely, "unless an appeal is successful or if the college can make enough progress to win an extension".[9] It was announced on July 3, 2013, that "the college system's Board of Governors will appoint a special trustee 'with extraordinary powers' in [the second week of July 2013] to replace the trustees. That person will run the college with the aim of restoring it to full favor".[9]

Science Building atop Cloud Hill as viewed from Ram Plaza (the Quad); a CCSF police car patrols along Cloud Circle.

City College of San Francisco is located in urban environment and has the associated crime rate.[10] All campuses are maintained by the San Francisco Community College District Police Department (SFCCDPD).[11] The SFCCDPD has twenty eight police officers and nine civilian employees.


  • Airport Campus, San Francisco International Airport, Bldg. 928
  • Chinatown/North Beach Campus, 808 Kearny Street
  • Civic Center/Alemany Campus, 750 Eddy Street
  • Downtown Campus, 88 4th Street
  • Evans Campus, 1400 Evans Avenue
  • Fort Mason Center, Fort Mason Center, 1934-Bldg. B
  • Gough Street Site, 31–33 Gough Street
  • John Adams Campus, 1860 Hayes Street
  • Mission Campus, 1125 Valencia Street
  • Ocean Campus, 50 Phelan Avenue
  • Southeast Campus, 1800 Oakdale Avenue.[12]


City College of San Francisco has over 50 educational programs and more than 100 work trainings.[13]


  • School of Behavioral & Social Sciences and Multicultural Studies (12 departments)
  • School of Business (5 departments)
  • School of English & Foreign Languages
  • School of Fine, Applied, and Communication Arts (10 departments)
  • School of Health, PE, & Social Services (11 departments)
  • School of ESL, International Education & Transitional Studies
  • School of Science & Mathematics (13 departments)
  • Library Information Technology

Hotel and restaurant management programs[edit]

Founded in 1936, the two-year hospitality program is the oldest of any kind on emphasizing culinary arts, with an annual average enrollment of 200 international students. This program offers culinary art, food service management, and hotel management.

The current facilities in Statler Wing are now home to a café, cafeteria and fine dining restaurant; four kitchens, a bake shop, three lecture rooms, a lecture/demonstration auditorium, the Alice Statler Library and Gifford Resource Center. The department has an on-going enrollment of over 250 students from around the world.[14]



Intercollegiate athletics are offered for men and women. College teams belong in the CCCAA Coast Conference North Section and competes with teams from other colleges. Intercollegiate sports include baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, soccer, softball, tennis, track, badminton, volleyball, and judo. These teams are all nicknamed the Rams. City College of San Francisco Football Teams have won nine national championships. The annual rivalry football game is played against the College of San Mateo Football team.[15]

Sports facilities[edit]

All of the CCSF Rams teams are based on the Ocean Campus. Field sports, as well as track and field competitions, uses Rams Stadium. A new Soccer Practice Field has been built north of the stadium. The Wellness Center, south of Rams Stadium, houses staff offices, weight rooms, a swimming pool, lockrooms, classrooms, and an indoor gym. East of Rams Stadium used to be the former site of the North Gym and the South Gym, which used to contain the lockrooms, weight rooms, and staff offices. The Tennis Courts are across an access road from the former gyms.

Art installation[edit]

Diego Rivera's work Pan American Unity, originally created for the Golden Gate International Exposition in 1940, has been displayed at the theater at San Francisco City College since 1961.[16]

Accreditation status[edit]

In 2012, the college experienced significant public turmoil. On July 2, 2012, the college's regional accreditor, the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC), gave the college eight months to prove it should remain accredited and ordered it to "make preparations for closure".[8][17][18] The accreditors found the educational quality at CCSF to be outstanding, but claimed that the school did not have enough administrators and was underfunded.[citation needed]

Two months later the state chancellor's office warned that a special trustee would be appointed to oversee the institution's finances if the college did not voluntarily invite one; the board of trustees voted to invite a special trustee, despite student protests and objection.[19] A report issued by California's Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance team in September 2012 found the institution to be in a "perilous financial position" caused largely by "poor decisions and a lack of accountability.[20]

On July 3, 2013, the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) elected to take action to terminate the college's accreditation, subject to a one year review and appeal period. The decision was based on a variety of deficiencies in standards. A Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team[21] report is expected to be released by the end of July 2013. If the termination of accreditation is confirmed during the appeal process, the school and their students will be ineligible to receive federal loan funding.[8]

On August 22, 2013, the San Francisco city attorney filed two legal challenges to stop the ACCJC, a private business, from revoking City College of San Francisco's accreditation. According to the lawsuit, conflicts of interest, faulty evaluation process and politically motivated decision-making make the ACCJC guilty of unfair and unlawful business practices.[22]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office - Data Mart". Retrieved 2013-12-03. 
  2. ^ White, Austin (2005), From Dream to Reality, City College of San Francisco: A Short History, retrieved September 9, 2012 
  3. ^ "Programs and Services". City College of San Francisco – Phelan Campus. Retrieved May 4, 2008. 
  4. ^ "Queer Resource Center – Mission Statement". Retrieved May 4, 2008. 
  5. ^ "Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Advisory Committee Minutes of the November 15, 2005 Meeting". San Francisco Human Rights Commission. Retrieved May 4, 2008. 
  6. ^ "John Rizzo's questionnaire". San Francisco Green Party. Retrieved May 4, 2008. 
  7. ^ "Project Survive – History and Philosophy". Retrieved May 4, 2008. 
  8. ^ a b c Andrea Koskey (July 3, 2013). "City College of San Francisco Accreditation Terminated". The San Francisco Examiner. Retrieved July 3, 2013. 
  9. ^ a b Nanette Asimov (July 4, 2013). "City College of SF to lose accreditation in 2014". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved January 5, 2014. 
  10. ^ "District Total Crime Statistics". Retrieved May 13, 2008. 
  11. ^ "SFCCD Police Department". Retrieved May 13, 2008. 
  12. ^ "Our Locations". Retrieved 2013-12-03. 
  13. ^ "Educational Programs". Retrieved September 2, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Culinary Arts & Hospitality Studies". Retrieved May 13, 2008. 
  15. ^ "Athletics". Retrieved September 2, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Mural Project". San Francisco City College. Retrieved January 5, 2014. 
  17. ^ Barbara A. Beno, Ph.D. (July 2, 2012). "Letter to Dr. Pamila Fisher, Interim Chancellor, City College of San Francisco". Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges. Retrieved 2013-12-03. 
  18. ^ Paul Fain (July 3, 2013). "Mammoth 2-Year College to Lose Accreditation". Inside Higher Ed. Retrieved July 4, 2013. 
  19. ^ Nanette Asimov (September 11, 2012). "CCSF risks bankruptcy, chancellor warns". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved September 20, 2012. 
  20. ^ "Deadline looms for City College". San Francisco Chronicle. September 19, 2012. Retrieved September 20, 2012. 
  21. ^ "Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team". FCMAT. Retrieved 2013-12-03. 
  22. ^ "San Francisco Sues To Block City College Accreditation Sanctions « CBS San Francisco". 2013-08-22. Retrieved 2013-12-03. 

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