Turnaround Plan for City College of San Francisco Faces Opposition

A group of faculty members, employees, and students at the City College of San Francisco is trying to ward off the administration’s effort to transform the college ahead of an accrediting commission’s deadline that gave the struggling institution until March 15 to turn itself around. The group, which calls itself the Save City College Coalition, is planning marches and trying to win favor with elected officials to help it oppose downsizing the college and cutting employees’ pay. The college has been fighting to retain its accreditation, and recently prepared a draft report describing what it would do if it loses accreditation.

“The more people we can find who agree with us – that the college, its programs, and the pay and benefits of its employees should not be cut – the greater the chance that we can get policymakers to stop their imposed austerity,” said Bob Price, a chemistry professor who is organizing a public meeting for Wednesday evening on the Mission District campus.
Students say they’re also angry about cuts and because the administration hasn’t held a town hall-style meeting to talk frankly about why their school might close.

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