On Monday we went to the public meeting with Chancellor Lamb at the Fort Mason Campus regarding the proposed closure of our art program at that location.
Testimony from Older Adult and Art students was passionate, often praising the high quality of their experience and arts training. “This is an absolutely beautiful place to work in. The light that comes in is remarkable. Artists need spaces like these to capture the transference of light.”
Loss of this campus would be detrimental to the arts programs and students. Many testified they are unable or unwilling to cross town to attend classes at the Mission or Ocean Campuses. At a moment when City College is open, and accredited and (soon) free, the District needs to envision enrollment growth, not further loss of facilities or students. Many volunteered to fundraise, donate and promote programs. “Use us!” one student declared. “But if you close this campus, you will never open here again.”
Back and forth claims between Administration and Fort Mason reps revealed communication and expectations are murky at best. Though both sides acknowledged a willingness to keep City College at Fort Mason and that there is room for negotiations. We will stay involved and keep you informed of developments.
A discussion of this topic is agendized for the March 23 BOT meeting.
The number of faculty has fallen dramatically at City College, down from 1,740 in 2011, to 1,462 in Fall 2016. The number of full-time faculty is down by 229, from 823 to 594 during the same time period. However, in all of the recent discussion by administration or Board of Trustee members, this dramatic decline in full-time faculty and its potential impact on enrollment and program hasn’t even been acknowledged. The unwritten policy has simply been to replace as few full-time vacancies (from retirements or resignations) as possible to cut salary costs and class offerings.
With the offering of a retirement incentive, 58 full-time faculty are retiring at the end of this semester. The impact on program offerings could be devastating if the College doesn’t increase the number of replacement hires. In CCSF’s largest department, ESL, 19 full-time faculty are retiring at the end of 2016/17. However, administration has only approved the hiring of three faculty in the current full-time hiring process. The Department reports that this will leave a minimum of 10.4 FTEF in unstaffed classes in the Fall. At Chinatown/NB campus alone, the equivalent of five FTEF of classes will be unstaffed. This represents a staggering cut in classes if more faculty are not hired, classes that are currently fully enrolled. The District tries to claim that they cannot find qualified applicants to teach, yet in the current ESL hiring there are over 90 applicants, including many experienced part-time instructors seeking full-time jobs.
The ESL Department is not alone; other Departments will struggle to staff viable classes and programs under the administration’s deliberate policy of reducing the number of full-time faculty at CCSF. It is time to stop the downsizing of the full-time faculty and replace vacant full-time faculty positions.
We are also calling for a moratorium on class cuts at our City College until the end of the Fall 2017 Semester. Earlier this month we opened the conversation about class cuts with the new members of the CCSF Board of Trustees. And we will keep organizing until we win. Please join us again for public comment on Thursday March 23 at 4pm on the Ocean Campus in MUB 140.
In our new contract, we won an improvement in step placement rules for anyone hired on or after Fall 2016. CCSF administration is now able to implement the changes, so new hires who qualify can receive back pay to the beginning of Fall semester 2016. If you were hired this academic year, you should receive a step placement letter from HR this week explaining the changes.
There should be two forms attached to the letter you’ll receive. You’ll need to return them to HR by May 1st in order to receive proper credit for your previous experience. The two forms are also here:
If you’re a full-timer at CCSF, the college should have already counted your previous full-time experience. The new contract provisions will allow you to receive pro-rated credit for your part-time faculty experience as well.
If you’re a part-timer at CCSF, the college has not yet considered your previous experience. If you have faculty experience, either full- or part-time, you can now receive credit.
These improvements can increase your pay going forward, and retroactively back to Fall 2016. Please return the forms to HR by May 1st.
CCSF Chinatown Annex Building
628 Washington, Kitchen Classroom, 2nd Floor
1:00-2:30 pm Thursday, 3/9
AFT is working with Jobs with Justice to get people the info they need to enroll in income-driven student loan repayment programs and Public Service Loan Forgiveness. Please signup and join us for a student debt clinic.
Thursday, March 9 from 4-7pm
Ocean Campus in MUB 140.
Join us in giving public comment to the CCSF Board of Trustees
Tell them it’s time to stop class cuts at our City College: It’s time to grow!
Now that we’ve made City College FREE for San Franciscans it’s time to grow and rebuild our CCSF. We are calling for a moratorium on any further cuts to our College until the end of the Fall 2017 Semester.
If CCSF administration is really committed to rebuilding enrollment, then cutting the college makes no sense. Please join us in opening the conversation about class cuts. Let’s tell top Admin at CCSF: Stop the downsizing, support student access to education! RSVP and share