The powerful Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) will arrive at City College on Oct. 2 to conduct a “focused site visit,” part of a process that occurs every seven years and ultimately will result in the ACCJC determining the accreditation status of the college.
Many beginning noncredit ESL classes at City College’s Mission campus are packed with students, from 40 to 70 students per class, making teaching and learning difficult. City College’s mission to provide ESL instruction to San Franciscans who need it has been undermined by the college’s limited budgets in recent years.
Despite deep financial cuts to essential City College programs and classes, the Mission Center was determined to make a comeback as a beloved and necessary community fixture.
Approximately 300 students have been waitlisted for English 1A and ESL students are being packed into classes 200 deep.
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.
The layoffs, if implemented, would represent a loss of nearly 30% of City College’s 541 full-time teaching staff and 74% of its administrators, part of the five-year budget plan passed by the board in November.
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.
A book review of “Free City! The Fight for San Francisco’s City College and Education for All” and an interview with the authors.
ESL Department faculty describe challenges to instruction, access, and non-credit enrollment while operating remotely. Outreach needed to build awareness about ESL non-credit courses.
City College students and faculty of non-credit classes are moving online along with the rest of the school. Some adjustments have been difficult, but others will bring a welcome change.
Immigrants and other people who speak a different language should speak to their children in that language, so their children can reap the benefits of bilinguality.