ccsf.jpgCity College of San Francisco officials on Monday submitted an action plan showing how they plan to improve the school, one of the first steps being taken after its accreditation was threatened earlier this year.

The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges in July placed City College on “show cause” status, citing problems with the school’s governing structure and facilities, among other issues.

City College was required by Monday to submit the action plan, and did so in a 63-page document that outlined changes being made at the school, including the closure of three sites in the city.

Classes are being relocated from two Park Presidio facilities and a site in the city’s Castro District, while the school is also looking at ways to generate revenue by renting space at its building at 33 Gough St., according to the report.

The report states that the school’s Board of Trustees on Sept. 27 approved a resolution directing interim Chancellor Pamila Fisher to propose a new administrative structure that will include an increase in instructional deans and reduced department chairs, resulting in “significant cost savings.”

The report acknowledged problems with the school’s finances and said cost-cutting measures include a $1.5 million reduction in non-instructional faculty costs and a reduction in part-time counselors.

City College’s financial stability is also dependent on whether state and local tax measures to support the school are passed.

If Proposition 30 on the state level is not passed, City College would face cuts of more than $11.5 million, while local Proposition A would provide the school with $14 million annually for eight years, according to the report.

City College officials are required to file a second report by March 15, 2013 showing significant steps toward implementation of the goals outlined in the report.

The report is available online at

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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