When the Board of Trustees (BoT) met for their regular meeting on Sept. 28, the circumstances were anything but regular.
Resolutions to recall all laid off faculty from 2022 were presented to the board budget and audit committee, but were quickly stalled. The absent author of the resolutions and policy confusion compiled to a stalemate and the resolutions are now on pause.
The incoming chancellor’s contract was approved by the Board of Trustees on Sept. 23rd, and in the three weeks since he has not given an interview or issued a statement regarding his hiring, or his plans for the chancellorship.
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.
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 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.
2020 CCSF Board of Trustee candidates provided bios and answered brief questions.
The Supervisors and Trustees on the committee had plenty of questions for City College administrators about the impact of the most recent round of class cuts.
City College Board of Trustee candidates addressed faculty and student’s concerns at the first public forum of its kind on Oct. 26.
On April 29, we sat down with Shanell Williams, the newly elected student trustee and now-former Associated Students president, for a conversation about her experiences with City College and the recent accreditation crisis. The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges is expected to release its final decision in early July.