Solving Tough Problems With an Eye Toward the Future
I believe that City College is stronger when we focus on the tough problems facing our students, faculty, and staff with an eye toward the future. Listening to our community, applying sound fiscal management, and putting our students first - these are the crucial steps - let’s begin there.
City College is once again experiencing dire economic circumstances due to mismanagement. Based on the findings of the latest independent audit and my 15 years of professional experience in higher education, I have created a bold plan to guide City College in the right direction:
I hope that you will join me as we fight to remake City College in service of the thousands of students who depend on this pivotal institution to work towards a degree, learn a new skill to better support their families in a post-COVID-19 economy, and take community classes to remain engaged in lifelong education.
Victor Olivieri, PhD
IMPROVE STUDENT SUCCESS
The Two-Year Promise will improve student success by ensuring every student can graduate or be ready for their next career move in two years. We will reinvigorate academic programs that lead to local jobs of the future with classes and training programs that help students launch careers in tech, biomedical, and hospitality fields, or transfer to a four-year university with all the credits they need. Every student deserves the chance to successfully complete a robust core curriculum at City College in two years.
- Increase the availability and coordinate the scheduling of core curriculum classes with block scheduling across all our centers.
- Create learning communities around specific degree and certificate plans to foster greater student success and equity.
- Provide students who want to transfer or graduate in 2 years with every opportunity to do so with access to required classes and the academic support they need to succeed.
- Systematically invest in the student resource centers and our counselors corps so every student has equal access to all of the support and guidance they need to succeed.
- Provide students who want to move on to a good paying job with the expedited training programs, certifications, and apprenticeships they need to succeed.
- Work with the entire City College community to identify and bring down barriers that prevent students from graduating on time.
Prepare Students for the Local Jobs of the Future
- Work with our local labor unions to strengthen our world-class medical, trade, and hospitality training programs that lead to good union jobs.
- Expand tech and biomedical certificate programs that make students career-ready with leading industries right here in San Francisco.
- Partner with local organizations and companies to give students opportunities to learn from non-traditional environments, like coding bootcamps, hackathons, and makerspaces.
- Offer classes in renewable energy and green jobs, entrepreneurship, cannabis, beer and wine making, and nonprofit management to take advantage of our region’s incredible ingenuity and innovation.
Elevate Student Voices
- Host student-led Town Hall meetings every semester for the Trustees to make sure we’re working for our students’ academic and career success.
- Create a student intern program with City College students assigned to each member of the Board of Trustees to help increase responsiveness, transparency, and communication with constituents.
- Partner with the Chamber of Commerce, local non-profits, and storefront owners to provide small community hubs throughout the city to teach the community classes in shared spaces that liven up commercial corridors.
- Fund all the Student Resource Centers with dedicated budget lines to establish a transparent baseline of support for our students.
SUPPORT OUR COMMUNITY
Establishing a sustainable future for City College will mean supporting our entire college community, including students, faculty, staff, and administrators. We need to decrease barriers to education, recruit students from across the broadest socioeconomic spectrum, and make sure City College is a great place to get an education.
Build on Free City and Lower Barriers to Education
- Prioritize the funding for more counselors, specialized counseling services, and the support for peer-to-peer counseling services.
- Simplify the application and registration processes (in-person, online, and on paper).
- Expand Free City to ensure we can rebuild our student body to previous levels by covering ALL education-related expenses.
- Revamp facilities and programs at the City College Veterans Center to enhance recruiting and support student veterans.
- Recruit students from the broadest spectrum possible, prioritize outreach to marginalized segments of our community, and focus on the recruitment of students of color.
- Make the City College website more intuitive to facilitate access to academic services.
Support and Grow Our Faculty and Staff
- Pay faculty a living wage.
- Establish a Leadership Development Program for our faculty to grow into the future leadership of the college and become our Department Chairs, Deans, Vice Chancellors, and Chancellors.
- Ensure faculty voices are heard with a faculty-led Town Hall Meeting every semester.
- Ensure classified staff voices are heard with a staff-led Town Hall Meeting every semester.
- Foster the recruitment of a more diverse and representative faculty body.
- Grow our classified staff to appropriate levels to ensure the adequate maintenance of our buildings and educational mission.
Make San Francisco Livable for Students, Faculty, and Staff
- Work with state legislators to create a housing voucher program for students seeking to retrain in the new economy to aid in the retooling of our workforce by removing the single biggest barrier to getting an education, skill, or trade that leads to a good paying job.
- Establish a Free Muni for Students Program modeled off the successful Free Muni for Youth Program.
- Build affordable student and faculty housing on existing City College property in mixed-use buildings with amenities, housing, classrooms, and offices.
- Strongly advocating for Balboa Reservoir to be built with as much affordable, mixed-used, student, faculty, and family housing as possible, including allocations for students who need supportive housing.
- Expand the work-study program to ensure that all students who want to work can find a meaningful position that will provide them with a worthwhile professional experience and decent pay.
- Ensure every student worker gets paid San Francisco’s minimum-wage and ensure their jobs will be protected on the budget.
Create an Endowed Center for Restorative Justice
- Create the forum for the study of cutting-edge practices in restorative justice.
- Invest in the application of restorative justice in our community through innovative partnerships with non-profit providers.
- Create a bold, new curriculum plan to train all public service employees in the City and County of San Francisco.
- Play a central role in the reallocation of funds by retraining and retooling of all law enforcement agencies.
- Provide restorative justice classes for all diversion programs, victims, community partners, non-profits, and the general public.
- Partner with the District Attorney and community non-profits to continue to implement best practices in San Francisco.
San Francisco is known for being the heart of the most innovative region in the world and we need to embrace this innovative spirit to ensure the long-term sustainability of City College with new partnerships, transparency, and improving our facilities.
Build a Tech Incubator/Accelerator on Campus
- Partner with regional tech companies, start-ups, non-profits, and student groups to bring investment on the jobs of the future on campus.
- Co-locate tech certificate programs, coding classes, and bootcamps under one roof.
- Create a pipeline for our students to enter into top tech companies with good paying jobs.
- Partner with the Chamber of Commerce, local companies, and storefront owners to provide small tech hubs througtout the city and liven up commercial corridors.
Form New Partnerships that Support Students
- Increase support and engagement from community leaders and alumni by establishing and developing an alumni association.
- Develop partnerships with other local institutions, community leaders, and alumni groups to support our students with a grassroots approach.
- Establish a comprehensive internship program with local companies and nonprofit employers.
- Increase the City College endowment through Foundation partnerships.
- Partner with the Chamber of Commerce, local companies, and storefront owners to provide small daycare facilities througtout the city and liven up commercial corridors.
- Work with the City College Community and public to improve accountability and increase transparency in facilities management, budget decisions, and governance structures.
Improve City College with Carbon-Neutral and Energy Independent Facilities
- Update and champion the College Sustainability Plan to ensure every campus is environmentally-friendly, carbon-neutral, and eventually energy independent.
- Provide opportunities for student, staff, and faculty-led projects to modernizing campus facilities with an eye toward the future.
- Work with the community to establish smart oversight of our facilities and budget.
- Emphasize renewable energy and green projects like solar panels, electric charging stations, water collection/reclaiming, and car/ride sharing throughout City College campuses.