The financial outlook rating from Moody’s is good news for City College’s upcoming accreditation assessment, according to trustees.
If anything unexpected has happened to your student schedule, those experiences are welcome, as well as those of any students who are in crowded ESL classes.
The in-person rally, followed by a virtual press-conference attended by more than 400 people, featured lively call-and-response chants and testimonials from faculty, staff and students who addressed the importance of retaining class offerings for the most underserved students in the Bay Area.
City College sent out 42 pink slips to classified staff Nov. 2, even as they recruit replacement workers, a breach of faith denounced by SEIU 1021.
The faculty’s salary concessions will save jobs and classes for the 2021-22 academic year. However, the agreement may only delay cuts.
“Is there someone here who doesn’t want a City College? That doesn’t want free education? Is the focus just churning out degrees? And certainly, getting degrees and certificates is part of our mission. Also part of our mission has been to provide education for lifelong learning.”
Cuts to staff and classes may increase demands on City College’s counseling services and retention programs that largely serve underrepresented students, yet the programs themselves may not be fully spared.
Don’t let the numbers fool you — Although promising, California’s latest state budget proposal of $227 billion underwent major cuts which could impact the future of the state’s fragile climate and environmental issues.
City College stated during their November board meeting that cuts were the result of under-enrolled programs, but department Chair Keech said he never got an explanation. He thinks maybe other programs simply fit into the school’s funding formula better.
The Metal Arts Program at City College has persevered, despite class cuts and the challenges of remote instruction.
City College faculty, students, and student groups organized a protest at San Francisco’s Fort Mason Center on June 22. Protesters expressed their anger regarding the recent decision to forgo the lease for the college’s Fort Mason campus, the removal of ESL and OLAD programs, and the disinvestment in its Black students.