SAN JOSE (CBS SF/AP) — A Riverside assemblyman called for the state’s new fully online community college to be shut down after an audit found that just 12 of its 900-plus students graduated in its first year and more than 40% dropped out, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
The findings about Calbright College were reported to the Legislature by state Auditor Elaine Howle on Tuesday.READ MORE: Splash Brothers Curry, Thompson Lead Warriors Past Pistons, 102-86
Assemblyman Jose Medina, D-Riverside, who asked for the audit at the request of community college faculty leaders, said Calbright has failed.
“The Legislature must end the Calbright College experiment,” Medina said in a statement.
Medina and Assemblyman Evan Low, D-San Jose, are carrying a bill that would eliminate the school at the end of the 2022-23 academic year.READ MORE: Friends, Loved Ones Remember Michelle Go, Killed In NY Subway Attack At San Francisco Chinatown Vigil
Calbright opened in 2019, paid its executives more than any other California community college and is expected to receive more than $175 million in taxpayer funds through 2025, the Chronicle said.
Howle’s audit blamed “poor management” by former executives who never created a spending strategy and that, while most of the high-priced leaders are gone, Calbright has not yet fully addressed excessive salaries.
Pamela Haynes, president of Calbright’s board of trustees, said in a statement that there were early missteps and necessary changes have been made.MORE NEWS: 2 Pedestrians Killed, 2 Hurt In Crash In San Jose
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