As California cut millions from community colleges in recent years, City College of San Francisco dipped deeply into reserve funds to keep itself afloat.
It opened sparkling new buildings, but left little money for computers. It spent an unusually high portion of its budget on faculty, but pared leadership to skeletal levels, unlike other schools that won't "chop from the top," as students often demand.
Now City College is in trouble.
An accreditation evaluation obtained by The Chronicle before its expected release next week offers a rare look at the inner workings of the vast college and why its all-important seal of approval is in jeopardy.