Second Thoughts on Naming Courses for Donors

June 23, 2009

On Monday, an article in The San Francisco Chronicle reported on a plan by the City College of San Francisco to save some of the courses being canceled due to budget cuts by letting donors sponsor them for $6,000 -- in return for which the donors would have courses named for them. One problem: The board was never consulted. Now the newspaper is reporting that board members have put the plan on hold until they can discuss it, and while they acknowledge that the severe budget crisis the college is facing may require unusual approaches, some are indicating discomfort with this response. Milton Marks, president of board, told the newspaper: "Public education is not for sale.... If someone wants to give money, that's great. But getting publicity or feel-good points shouldn't be necessary. It smacks of some sort of paternalism."

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