The college’s detractors, some of whom appear to be on its payroll, may view this enormous learning curve as a nearly insurmountable peak, that their role is merely to establish a base camp for the next attempt, seemingly oblivious to the avalanche of problems that arise when approaching an audacious task with incrementalism and self-protective caution.
For several reasons, not the least being the far-reaching effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been difficult, and in several cases impossible, for reporters at The Guardsman to gain access to City College administrators for interviews.
For the past ten years, City College has named ten chancellors as its own. Will the newly appointed chancellor, David Martin, direct the helm of City College for just a few years, like many of his predecessors, or will he stay the course and truly tackle the long-term financial problems and educational needs of the college?
Since 2011, City College has had more than half a dozen leaders. Analysis by the Guardsman found that chancellorship of the college has changed hands nine times in the last decade.
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.
“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.”
Despite Interim Chancellor Rajen Vurdien’s and City College administrators’ repeated promises that faculty layoffs and course cuts will not result in any academic programs being discontinued, many faculty members claim they will.
An update on City College’s chancellor search.
In her new position, Rosie Zepeda is expected to create, manage, and implement strategies to strengthen relations with the community, local businesses, media, and government stakeholders. She will represent City College as the main liaison with city, state, and federal offices, and will report back with new policies and changes, including those related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
In response to the College’s dire financial crisis, Interim Chancellor Vurdien has hired a new auditor to oversee all facets of accounting and finance. But what can we expect?
Under the watchful eye of the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, the City College Board of Trustees contemplate their financial strategy for the next five years and beyond.