City College Cuts Seen As Inevitable

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California's community college system Chancellor Jack Scott said Monday that it would be a "disaster" if City College of San Francisco lost its accreditation and had to close, and urged any reluctant college leaders to accept that cuts need to be made and do what needs to be done to save themselves.

"The thing to do is roll up your sleeves and reach a solid conclusion. That's what all the community colleges have had to do - you're not being picked on," Scott told the college trustees Monday in San Francisco, as students and some faculty members in the audience hissed at the measures being forced on them.

"The last thing we want to see happen is for you to lose your accreditation," Scott said. "That would be a disaster."

Scott and the president of the California Community Colleges Board of Governors, Scott Himelstein, addressed the board for the first time since the regional Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges determined in early July that City College is so poorly run and its finances so precarious that its accreditation will be yanked next year without a radical transformation.

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