Without sufficiently staffed programs, students are left with fewer options. The administration of the City College of San Francisco may be unable to provide students with the necessary quality of education.
On Sept. 14 the Board of Trustees (BoT) unanimously approved Chancellor David Martin’s 2023-24 budget. It wasn’t easy.
At the July 27 emergency session, BoT members voted 5-0 to approve a revised resolution including a provision to immediately rehire instructors in selected classes.
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Some of the main challenges for the chancellor will be ensuring the college’s long-term fiscal stability while making preparations to bring back in-person classes. Opinions on how these goals should be achieved differ between AFT2121, the union which represents the college’s faculty, and the Board of Trustees, with chancellor candidates in the running having largely similar stances on achieving goals mostly inline with the Board’s opinion and differing from each other only slightly.
Faculty union AFT2121 negotiations with the City College administration resulted in classes size minimums remaining at 15 for Fall ‘21.
The faculty’s salary concessions will save jobs and classes for the 2021-22 academic year. However, the agreement may only delay cuts.
State auditors in early April warned the California Community College Chancellor’s office to act quickly in order to remain independent, deeming the college “not currently stable,” citing its ineffective attempts at reducing its costs necessary to supplement the 35% enrollment decline over the past eight years, which resulted in the college tapping into its reserves.
The Interim Chancellor, who came out of retirement to take on the position, has referred to addressing City College’s financial crisis as “righting the ship”. As he prepares to leave the helm, students and faculty continue to work to reconcile salaries and employment with his administration’s Multi-Year Budget Plan.
Administration recently proposed a plan to reopen campuses to in person learning, but there have been discussions about delaying it due to frustration with the lack of consideration and planning.
The request asks San Francisco for $15 million a year for the next two years and could be introduced to the Board of Supervisors as early as April 27.
About a month after formally announcing the start of City College’s search for a new permanent chancellor on Feb. 12, City College’s Board of Trustees announced the search will be put on hiatus as the board deals with the school’s budgetary crisis.
San Francisco supervisors expressed support for City College at a hearing on the college’s proposed course cuts and layoffs of over 60% of instructors.