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City College Of San Francisco Implements Major Changes To Avoid Closure (PHOTOS)

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It hasn't been an easy year for the City College of San Francisco.

In July, the two-year college, the largest in the entire state of California, received a letter from the community college commission threatening to strip the school of its accreditation due to poor leadership and lack of adequate resources. No accreditation would deem CCSF ineligible for state funding, which would all but guarantee its closure.

In the wake of closure threats, instances of the school's flagrant mismanagement came to light, including a review that found 92 percent of its spending allocated towards faculty salaries and benefits.

Then in September, a group of student protesters stormed a CCSF Board of Trustees meeting that had assembled to address the school's budget crisis. The demonstrators vehemently opposed a move to assign a special trustee from the state to oversee the college's financial future, demanding their school remain democratic.

In response to the protests, California Community College Chancellor Jack Scott warned that CCSF was in danger of going bankrupt.

So the CCSF Board voted to appoint the special trustee, and administrators have since begun implementing a series of major transformations in an effort to keep its accreditation. The school has until March 15 to prove itself to the accrediting commission.

The San Francisco Chronicle took a look at the specific changes the school is in the process of undergoing in a special report. See some of CCSF's improvements below, and click over to the Chronicle to read the full investigation.

CCSF's Big Changes
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Filed by Carly Schwartz