City College Vows To Resist Closure, Takeover

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s City College of San Francisco contemplates the unthinkable - that the vast school of 90,000 students would close next year if it loses accreditation - a look at the state's only college forced to close for that reason holds a surprise.

Students enrolled at Compton College in 2006 may never have noticed much of a difference when the school shut down that year.

That's because a neighboring community college near Los Angeles, El Camino, took over the Compton site. Students continued their studies, but with the new college's curriculum and leadership, according to the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges that is now requiring City College to show by March 15 why it shouldn't undergo the same fate as Compton.

"We really don't want to go there," Pamila Fisher, interim chancellor of City College of San Francisco, told a room packed with faculty and staff members on Friday. "So we'll do everything possible to keep local control."

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