A Faculty Refuge Becomes an Accreditor's Target

A Faculty Refuge Becomes an Accreditor's Target 1

Ramin Rahimian for The Chronicle

Karen Saginor, president of the Academic Senate at the City College of San Francisco, among sculptures used to protest state budget cuts

This city's community college has much that instructors elsewhere complain about missing.

Its administration is lean, and its shared-governance system gives its faculty a lot of say. Full-timers account for about 45 percent of its faculty, a proportion about half again as large as at most other California community colleges. Its part-time instructors have good access to health benefits and earn nearly as much per hour as full-timers.

The college gives its academic departments