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Donations May Save College Courses From Extinction

Last June, we heard about a community college that was allowing donors to name a college course after themselves if they donated enough money to keep the course active during cutbacks. Basically, sponsor a class, have it named after you.city college san francisco

Unfortunately, that plan fell through. Some school officials were afraid of the implications that the rule could have had. What if a tobacco company sponsored a health class? Or a church sponsored a world religion class? The views of the class might be a little skewed, which would decrease the quality of the education students would receive.

Now, the City College of San Francisco is simply asking for donations to resurrect classes that have been cut. For $6,000, sponsors can bring back any one of the more than 800 classes that have been cut during the past school year. Read the rest of this entry »



Name a College Course after Yourself at City College of San Francisco

Two students at City College of San Francisco look at the list of classes that will be cancelled next semester.

Two students at City College of San Francisco look at the list of classes that will be canceled next semester. (via SFGate.com)

The College of Journalism and Mass Communication at The University of Oklahoma is named after the Gaylord Family. The football stadium at The University of Minnesota was also named after a donor, T. Denny Sanford. It’s pretty common practice: a person makes a large donation to a college, and the college names something after the donor. Well, now, City College of San Francisco is letting donors name courses after themselves.

Don Griffin, Chancellor at City College, is accepting donations of $6,000 to save classes that are on the “endangered species” list at the college. About 800 classes are endangered of being canceled next semester due to budget cuts. There are typically 30 students in each of these classes. The classes that might be canceled include everything from Financial Accounting to Advanced Kung Fu. Read the rest of this entry »





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