Trustees Unhappy With Plan to Name Classes After Donors

Tuesday, Jun 23, 2009  |  Updated 8:58 AM PDT
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Trustees Unhappy With Plan to Name Classes After Donors

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It seems the idea hit the public airwaves before it hit the board of trustees.

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The elected board that oversees City College of San Francisco apparently isn't too keen on the chancellor's idea to raise money by naming courses after donors who give $6,000.

Trustee Milton Marks says Chancellor Don Griffin's naming rights proposal sounds paternalistic and implies that education can be sold to satisfy egos. The Board of Trustees plans to discuss the idea on Thursday.

The chancellor's office says that since Griffin went public with his idea Monday, a few potential donors have inquired about it. But no one since the chancellor himself has committed to sponsoring a class.

The fundraising scheme is part of the cash-strapped school's effort to save some of the roughly 800 classes it plans to cut due to a reduction in state funding.

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