City College of San Francisco Administrators at Fault for Excessive Spending - Higher Education
Higher Education News and Jobs

City College of San Francisco Administrators at Fault for Excessive Spending


by Diverse Staff

City College of San Francisco

City College of San Francisco

Although the City College of San Francisco (CCSF) has had a fiscally tumultuous past several years, two City College administrators were found to have spent exorbitant amounts on travel and dining. The San Francisco Chronicle obtained records detailing the expenditures of erstwhile Chancellor Art Tyler and former President Virginia Parras.

In 2012, City College nearly lost its accreditation. The college’s accrediting agency, the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC), cited issues such as poor fiscal controls, outdated technology, and a lack of student services at several campuses around the city in its complaints against the college. Since the accreditation troubles began, student enrollments dropped precipitously, from 90,000 in 2012 to less than 70,000 currently.

City College won an important victory in November when the California community college board of governors voted to oust ACCJC. However, the college is not yet in the clear. It has only one year to show that it is in compliance with all accrediting standards.

The Chronicle’s findings show that despite the college’s fiscal difficulties, Tyler and Parras were able to spend liberally on travel and other expenses, while providing vague or incomplete explanations for why such expenditures were necessary. City College reimbursed Parras for thousands of dollars worth of meals out in San Francisco and travel to China, Taiwan, and Vietnam, but college records do not show what value the trips and meals brought to the beleaguered institution.

Both Parras and Tyler joined the college after 2013, when the college moved from a model of shared governance to one where power resides with administrators selected by state officials. Tyler was hired in 2013 to help manage the accreditation crisis, but stepped down in July. He will serve out the rest of his term running the school facilities department. Parras was let go in July and her position has been eliminated.

  Judge Rejects Renaming College After Billionaire's Wife
Pennsylvania Education Leader Going Extra Mile for Diversity  Long bike rides are an annual tradition for Dr. John Sygielski, who spent several weeks biking from New Orleans to Nashville this summer, traveling along the Natchez Trace Parkway and passing through Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. Along the w...
Billionaire Gives $125M to University of Chicago Economic Department CHICAGO — Billionaire businessman Ken Griffin is donating $125 million to the University of Chicago’s Department of Economics. The university announced Griffin’s gift Wednesday, saying it’s the second-largest in school history and brings his perso...
UW-Superior to Drop 9 Majors, 15 Minors, Grad Program SUPERIOR, Wis. — University of Wisconsin-Superior officials have decided to drop nine majors, 15 minors and a graduate program due to lack of interest. Wisconsin Public Radio reports some of the majors include sociology, theater, journalism and po...
Students from Puerto Rico Can Get Free Semester at Cornell ITHACA, N.Y. — Cornell University is offering a free semester of study for up to 58 students from Puerto Rico’s main public university system. The University of Puerto Rico is operating at partial strength as the island recovers from Hurricane Mar...
Semantic Tags: