City College of San Francisco will “hire new leaders, lay off faculty, close and lease out properties, and make enrichment classes a low priority” to remain accredited, reports the San Francisco Chronicle.
One new approach also reflects an astonishing reality: City College has allowed students to take classes without paying the required enrollment fees, causing the college to lose at least $400,000 a year.
Pamila Fisher, the interim chancellor, previewed thecollege’s plan for addressing 14 major fiscal and managerial deficiencies identified in July by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges. CCSF could lose accreditation, if it doesn’t meet its goal or make measurable progress by the commission’s March 15 deadline.
One major change already approved by the trustees is to shift City College’s main mission away from free enrichment classes like music appreciation and memoir writing, and focus instead on preparing students for transfer to a university, earning an associate degree, acquiring career skills and learning to speak English.
The plan calls for eliminating paid sabbaticals to save $800,000 a year and imposing across-the-board salary cuts of 1 percent to save $1.57 million.