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City College of San Francisco on brink of closure (92% of budget for salaries and benefits)
San Francisco Chronicle ^ | July 3, 2012 | Nanette Asimov

Posted on 07/04/2012 6:28:36 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

The poorly run City College of San Francisco has eight months to prove it should stay in business, yet must "make preparations for closure," evaluators ordered Tuesday.

The stunning verdict by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges could result in the closure of California's largest college and a fixture of higher education in one of the nation's wealthiest cities. It has 90,000 students.

Only accredited colleges can receive public funding under state law. But City College's failure to fix serious, long-standing problems of leadership and fiscal planning means that the accrediting commission could vote as early as next June to yank the school's all-important certification, said Barbara Beno, commission president.

....City College was warned in 2006 that it had eight major problems that could place its status in jeopardy. Now there are 14, all of which must be addressed by March 15 for the college to remain accredited. ........

In her letter, Beno summarized the findings of the 66-page report, citing "leadership weaknesses at all levels," "failure to react to ongoing reduced funding," and spending all but 8 percent of its budget on salaries and benefits. The Chronicle, which had obtained a copy of the report, wrote about the findings on Saturday.

Beno said Tuesday that the reduced funding at City College isn't the reason for its precarious position. Other colleges have also lost millions of dollars in state funding, she said. Yet only two of California's 112 community colleges - College of the Redwoods in Eureka and Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo - are, like City College, on the brink. "It's choices," Beno said. "Regardless of how much money they have, safeguards apparently weren't put in place. The situation is very grave.".........

(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; US: California
KEYWORDS: california; education; jerrybrown; sanfrancisco; teacherunions

1 posted on 07/04/2012 6:28:45 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
spending all but 8 percent of its budget on salaries and benefits.

Unbelievable

2 posted on 07/04/2012 6:33:30 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Warned in 2006..
So they just now figured out that no progress has been made?
They can not help but feed at the trough. Obviously they will line their own pockets first.


3 posted on 07/04/2012 6:36:25 AM PDT by csvset
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

it’s for the bigger kids.......


4 posted on 07/04/2012 6:38:27 AM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

That and apparently, courses in Advanced Douchebaggery 901 are not a clear-cut path to a prosperous future.


5 posted on 07/04/2012 6:40:15 AM PDT by pingman ("Human history seems logical in afterthought, but a mystery in forethought." (Strauss & Howe))
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
"City College is fully aware of the seriousness of the situation."

Apparently not. Warned in 2006, you've diddle away.

6 posted on 07/04/2012 6:41:12 AM PDT by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Yet only two of California's 112 community colleges - College of the Redwoods in Eureka and Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo - are, like City College, on the brink.

This community college system in California is government waste at its worst. I heard a retired administrator saying that they were the conduit for illegal immigration into the state. The schools knowingly and actively recruited from illegal alien population giving them a free ride just to fill the classrooms that otherwise would be mostly empty.

7 posted on 07/04/2012 6:45:33 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
92% of budget for salaries and benefits

That's exactly what budgets are...salaries and benefits. You don't think public institutions exist to serve the public do you?

8 posted on 07/04/2012 6:48:39 AM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate Republicans Freed the Slaves Month.)
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-——and spending all but 8 percent of its budget on salaries and benefits. ——

Obviously the answer is to raise taxes / s

9 posted on 07/04/2012 6:50:39 AM PDT by Popman (When you elect a clown: expect a circus...)
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To: Uncle Chip

That is what the whole public school system in NJ is reduced to; finding illegal aliens to fill the seats. I’m sure we spend 92% of our school budgets on salaries/benefits as well; the buildings are crumbling, some books (thankfully) pre-date Obama’s election, and our Dem politicians still swear our public school system works.

It does...for their coffers.


10 posted on 07/04/2012 6:55:16 AM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
As a greedy California tax payer I feel I should man up and step forward to accept responsibility for this tragic situation. The legislature should save S.F.C.C. by raising the marginal income tax rate on all Golden State citizens who are actually employed. Due to the declining number in that category it will also be necessary to increase the California sales tax rate to 9%. Any remaining shortfall can be eliminated by adding a fee to all property tax assessments.

This process is sure to fix the problem.

11 posted on 07/04/2012 6:56:26 AM PDT by Homer_J_Simpson ("Every nation has the government that it deserves." - Joseph de Maistre (1753-1821))
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

And to think that the financial administration of this campus have degrees and still could not balance their check books.

Simply amazing how ‘educated’ people fail at math as it pertains to balancing the books...... =.=


12 posted on 07/04/2012 7:14:10 AM PDT by cranked
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

It’s the typical parasite / host scenario. When the host can no longer sustain the parasites, it dies. Only in this situation, the parasites simply latch on to Calpers to continue the feeding. I wish these parasites would lose all retirement with the collapse. Then, it’d be a different story.


13 posted on 07/04/2012 7:26:43 AM PDT by SgtHooper (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
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Since then, she said, the college has approved a $187 million budget for 2012-13

With 90,000 students, that's $20,000 per year per student. I'd bet that two thirds of them are part-time remedial-ed customers.

14 posted on 07/04/2012 7:27:03 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (The Slave Party: advancing indenture since 1787.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Is this the beginning of the “Education Bubble” bursting? I sure hope so, because several thousand liberal minded professors out of work would find that the real world is vastly different than their small minded ‘faculty lounge world’. I'm sure the science and engineering professors wouldn't have a hard time getting a real job, but the “Early European Renaissance Literature” professors might have to learn a new phrase; “Do you want fries with that order?”
15 posted on 07/04/2012 7:33:57 AM PDT by Traveler59 ( Truth is a journey, not a destination.)
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To: Carry_Okie

Wonder how many queer studies classes they have. Womyn studies? Peace studies?


16 posted on 07/04/2012 7:35:05 AM PDT by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Just as long as we can figure how to keep paying all the City College staff with full pay and benefits while they don't do any useful work. Then we are consistent with College past practice.

I know, let's raise taxes!

17 posted on 07/04/2012 7:44:24 AM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: Drango

Wonder how many queer studies classes they have. Womyn studies? Peace studies?


How did you know?

http://www.ccsf.edu/NEW/en/educational-programs/AcademicDepartments0.html


18 posted on 07/04/2012 7:48:27 AM PDT by PeterPrinciple ( (Lord, save me from some conservatives, they don't understand history any better than liberals.))
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Wonder how many hours each instructor spends in the classroom. My guess is fewer than 10 per week. Yet they are all being paid a handsome salary that allows them to live high on the hog in Frisco. This explains the 92% being spent on wages and benefits. What a waste.


19 posted on 07/04/2012 8:34:21 AM PDT by Saltmeat
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To: Traveler59

It is going to get very ugly. We need jobs for those who can’t or won’t benefit from college.


20 posted on 07/04/2012 8:46:19 AM PDT by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: Traveler59

It is going to get very ugly. We need jobs for those who can’t or won’t benefit from college.


21 posted on 07/04/2012 8:46:43 AM PDT by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: Carry_Okie

187,000,000 / 90,000 = 2077


22 posted on 07/04/2012 9:22:36 AM PDT by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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To: PLMerite

Sorry, dropped a digit in my head.


23 posted on 07/04/2012 9:24:39 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (The Slave Party: advancing indenture since 1787.)
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To: pingman
That and apparently, courses in Advanced Douchebaggery 901 are not a clear-cut path to a prosperous future.

Is that a pre-law or a poly-sci course?

24 posted on 07/04/2012 11:44:12 AM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: pingman
That and apparently, courses in Advanced Douchebaggery 901 are not a clear-cut path to a prosperous future.

Is that a pre-law course or is it part of the poly-sci curriculum?

25 posted on 07/04/2012 11:45:14 AM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: Uncle Chip

Brick and mortar educational institutions are obsolete. Give a laptop as a baby shower gift and let the kid teach himself, he’ll end up smarter, more independent and braver.


26 posted on 07/04/2012 12:11:25 PM PDT by Yollopoliuhqui
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To: Uncle Chip
spending all but 8 percent of its budget on salaries and benefits.

Part of the other 8 percent went to covering a gigantic parking lot with solar panels. Among other "Green" schemes.

27 posted on 07/04/2012 12:57:16 PM PDT by roadcat
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To: redgolum
We need jobs for those who can’t or won’t benefit from college.

I'll be the first to say my first introduction to the rigors of college was a failure, and it was my fault. But, I took stock of what was available to me at the time and joined the military. I learned a good trade, got supervisory and management experience, and was able to travel the world (hence the moniker). But if I had not been able to join the military, there were several Vo-Tech schools that were courting me. Being a tradesman is currently a very good option. The local Vo-Tech boasts a job placement rate of over 80% for its graduates.

28 posted on 07/04/2012 5:20:07 PM PDT by Traveler59 ( Truth is a journey, not a destination.)
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