SF City College Submits Budget, Students Worried About Painful Cuts

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— Administrators at San Francisco’s City College have completed an action plan they hope will convince a western states accreditation team that the school should stay in business.

Some students, however, are worried some of the proposals will be a bit too painful. Second-year student Brendal Lee called his City College education critical.

“It’s pretty important for me; I mean I moved up to San Francisco and came to school here so I can go to State or Cal. It gets me on my feet and my friends too,” Lee said.

The college is in a massive financial hole, and could lose its accreditation. In a 57-page report the school’s new interim Chancellor, Dr. Thelma Scott-Skillman has proposed a number of measures, including closing a number of what they call “underused” campuses, including in the Castro and Presidio.

One student said it will be a challenge to get the right classes, especially if you want to transfer to a four-year university. Others said it was a shame that they plan on reducing student services and that they are a much-needed resources for support.

KCBS’ Jeffrey Schaub Reports:

Other proposals include making students pay tuition before they register for classes and ending teacher sabbaticals.

According to the report,  City College – which has 86,000 students – has balanced its budget and will streamline operations.

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