CCSF slashes another 289 classes as spring registration opens – San Francisco Chronicle

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As spring registration opened Wednesday at City College of San Francisco, administrators slashed 289 classes to close a new $13.1 million budget deficit, The Chronicle has learned.

It cut hundreds of others last summer and spring to patch a $32 million hole, prompting protests from students and teachers especially as the college sought to increase executive pay.

No one at the leadership level of the college wants to cut classes, said college spokeswoman Evette Davis. But she said budget woes make it necessary to remove underenrolled classes.

The colleges continuing financial problems raise questions about whether its internal budget controls have improved much since 2012, when accreditors and state fiscal monitors cracked down on the school in large part because of that issue. City College spent five years fighting to retain its accreditation and emerged from the crisis in 2017.

The (college) district is projected to have an operating deficit of $13.1 million this year, Senior Vice Chancellor Tom Boegel wrote to deans and department chairs.

He warned that if cuts werent made, the district would not be able to maintain the 5% reserve, and would in fact end the year with a negative reserve.

A healthy reserve is considered to be 15%.

Boegel provided a list of 225 credit classes and 64 noncredit classes that the college wont be offering this spring.

Credit classes cut include: Elementary German, Intro to Museum Studies, International Business Finance, Women/Gender in Middle East, Practical Mathematics I, Colonial History of Latin America, Intermediate Golf, Intensive Water Aerobics, Politics of Globalization, Conversational Filipino, Intermediate Photoshop and Android Programming.

Last semester, the college waited until after students had registered to announce the course cuts.

That created confusion, Davis said. This time, were making a real effort to avoid that.

Nanette Asimov is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: Twitter: @NanetteAsimov

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