City College of San Francisco Backs Off Proposed Raises for Top Officials

The state-appointed special trustee who was chosen to run the troubled college on Friday abruptly withdrew a proposal that would have given top administrators raises of more than 19 percent. Faculty leaders were outraged by the proposal and staged a protest to speak against it, pointing out that a recent labor contract had reduced faculty salaries by 4 percent.

Robert Agrella, the special trustee, said the proposed raises were “not appropriate” and had been erroneously placed on an agenda by another employee. The college’s faculty union and others have been mired in a bitter fight with the institution’s accreditor, the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, which has moved to strip the college of its accreditation this year.

The brouhaha comes as the college struggles to retain its accreditation and remain open. An accrediting commission announced in July that the college had failed to satisfy accreditation standards and that it would lose its right to do business and receive state funding next summer. The city of San Francisco sued the commission, claiming that its evaluation process had been flawed. A judge has since blocked the commission from revoking City College’s accreditation until a trial can determine if the process was proper.

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