Study on Idea of Letting Donors Sponsor Courses

June 29, 2009

Trustees of City College of San Francisco have agreed to consider a formal plan to let donors sponsor classes that would otherwise be eliminated, The San Francisco Chronicle reported. Don Griffin, the chancellor, first raised the idea last week, saying that he would let donors pay $6,000 to rescue one of the 800 courses being called off due to state budget cuts. Trustees hadn't been briefed on the idea and demanded a formal discussion first. The San Francisco newspaper reported that the discussion appeared headed toward killing the idea. Some trustees worried about the concept letting the state feel it could ignore the college's needs. One trustee was worried about the possibility of an alcohol or tobacco company sponsoring a health course. But the trustees were swayed to allow Griffin to develop a plan for their review after faculty members and others spoke, detailing their concerns about how many classes were disappearing. One speaker told the board to "take the money and run."

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