Update on SF City College’s Guardian Scholars Program

by Justin Pye

In July, the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges announced that the City College of San Francisco’s (CCSF) accreditation would be revoked in July 2014. The nearly 80-year-old institution serves more than 85,000 students, among them a group of current and former foster youth supported by the Guardian Scholars Program.

Michael McPartlin, program coordinator for Guardian Scholars, was a featured panelist during the National Convening on Foster Youth and Higher Education held in October. The Chronicle caught up with McPartlin during a break at the conference for an update on the impact of the decision on foster youth.

“Just as the school has suffered enrollment loss in the fall, proportionally speaking, our program has seen that enrollment loss,” McPartlin said, in an interview with The Chronicle.

McPartlin says CCSF is working hard to meet the 14 benchmarks set forth by the accreditation committee by the 2014 deadline.

Justin Pye is a student at the University of California-Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and an alum of the Journalism for Social Change Fellowship Program.

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