California College Counters Budget Cuts With Donor-Sponsored Classes

Cuts in state support have led administrators at Las Positas College to resort to a more-direct appeal for public dollars. The two-year institution in Livermore, Calif., announced on Thursday that it was soliciting private benefactors in the community to sponsor class sections at $5,500 each.

A new effort, dubbed Foundation 55, is designed to raise the number of sections lost to budget cuts over the past four years. The two-institution Chabot-Las Positas Community College District has