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City of San FranciscoCandidate for Member, Community College Board

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Alexander Randolph

Member, Community College Board
156,306 votes (19.42%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Increasing accessibility to underserved communities
  • Maintaining City College's accredidation
  • Ensuring City College's financial stability

Experience

Experience

Profession:Member of Board of Trustees at City College of San Francisco
Trustee, City College of San Francisco Board of Trustees — Elected position (2015–current)
Trustee, City College of San Francisco Board of Trustees — Appointed position (2015–2015)
Special Assistant to the Regional Administrator, General Services Administration — Appointed position (2014–2015)
Deputy Director of Community and Government Affairs, City and County of San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department (2011–2014)
Legislative Aid, Office of Supervisor Bevan Dufty — Appointed position (2010–2011)
Special Assistant and Neighborhood Liaison, Office of Mayor Gavin Newsom — Appointed position (2007–2009)
Campaign Manager, Re-elect Bevan Dufty (2006–2006)

Education

San Francisco State University Master of Arts, Public Administration (2012)
University of California Berkeley Bachelor of Arts, Political Science and Public Policy (2006)
Grossmont Community College (2003)

Community Activities

Emeritus Member, Board of Directors, Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club (2007–current)
Member, Community Services Committee, League of California Cities (2013–2014)
Member, Board of Directors, San Francisco LGBT Community Center (2012–2014)

Biography

I am running for re-election to the SF Community College Board because as a product of the California Community College system, I know how important this institution is for many who need access to affordable quality education. I also understand the issues that many students face and have been working hard over the past year as a Trustee to ensure that City College stays accredited, accessible, and affordable. I want to make sure that my set of skills and abilities are put to use in service of the betterment of City College and to make sure that San Franciscans are afforded the same opportunities that I was.

Over the past year as a Trustee I have focused a great deal of my attention to supporting and reaching out to traditionally underserved students in High School, Middle School, and currently enrolled at City College. I was very proud to have been able to co-host the first African-American and Students of Color Welcome Reception at CCSF last fall. The reception aimed to connect the incoming students to current students, alumni, and student resources offered on campus to make sure they are successful and live up to their full potential.

As a current Trustee on the Board, I have had over a year of experience working on the issues that City College faces and am proud to say that I have been a part of several successes that the Community College Board has achieved. When I first joined the Board of Trustees, City College was facing an accreditation and financial crisis, its enrollment numbers were at historic lows and were followed by cuts in state funding. With my leadership the board has made decisions that have set City College back on a steady accreditation and financial path. I have been able to do so through strong relationships with colleagues and my ability to form coalitions in order to achieve real results.

The accreditation crisis provided the College District and the Board with the opportunity to really look at how the Trustees have governed and made decisions in the past. City College is currently accredited and in its final year of “restoration status”. This status has never occurred before, and is something new that was created after the City Attorney’s lawsuit. One of the requirements of restoration requires us as an institution to create and submit a Comprehensive Self Evaluation Report, including addressing 32 specific areas of "continuing noncompliance", to the Accrediting Commission on Community and Junior Colleges (ACCKJC). I am very proud that the Board has voted to approve the self-evaluation at our study session on July 14th. An external review by the visiting team will take place the week of October 10th. If the External Review finds that we meet or exceed all these requirements then we will be moved from “restoration status” to “reaffirmation of accreditation.” I am proud to say that over the past two years my colleagues and I have received numerous trainings on accreditation, budgeting, enrollment management, labor negotiations, student success, team building, and also how to make decisions on complex items that could be outside of our core expertise. You could say that we are the best trained College Board in California and are fully prepared for the visit this October.

The City College Board along with our Chancellor has also reached a tentative agreement with our faculty union after long contract negotiations. I am thrilled that we can now give our faculty a well-deserved raise, avoiding a strike, while maintaining City College’s financial stability. Great things happen when good people work together.

Other achievements that I am proud of are the establishment of a partnership between City College and Five Keys Charter School at SF County Jail, the revival of the San Francisco School Board and Community College Board Joint Committee that I am apart of and my sponsorship of Emergency Student Aid for students who need it. We also recently launched an initiative to make City College free to people that either live or work in San Francisco. This bill which I co-sponsored passed the board unanimously and if passed by the voters this Fall, San Francisco will be one of the first cities in the country to truly invest in local higher public education.

My top three policy priorities are:

Accessibility: Since community colleges receive a significant amount of funding based on the number of “full time enrolled student”, we need to strengthen our enrollment rates to maintain our classes and services for students by improving our marketing and presence throughout San Francisco. I will also promote initiatives to expand affordability, such as the proposed city ordinance to make City College Free, and the proposal for Expanded Emergency Aid.

Accreditation: Maintaining accreditation is essential to assure quality education for our students. We are in the final year of “restoration status” the Board has approved and submitted a Comprehensive Self Evaluation Report addressing 32 areas of “continuing noncompliance” to the ACCJC. I will continue working with my colleagues to ensure decisions are made to achieve a “reaffirmation of accreditation” after our external review on the week of October 10th.

Financial Stability: I am committed to maintaining stable financial footing through prudent financial policies and responsible management of reserves and voter approved bond funds. I am also committed to fighting for the parcel tax on this November’s ballot for long term stability, building stronger partnerships with the city, SFUSD, and other organizations to grow back our enrollment.

Another final important focus is the selection of a new permanent Chancellor by next Summer. Something that I am focused on as well to ensure that the choice reflects not only the diversity of our students and city but also understands the important role education plays in people's’ lives.

I am proud to have the endorsements of over 100 organizations, elected officials, and community leaders, because they know that I am the right choice to serve on the City College Board at this critical time. As of today, I have been endorsed by the SF Democratic Party, SF Parent PAC, Rep. Jackie Speier, Congressional District 14, Attorney General Kamala Harris, State Controller Betty Yee State, Board of Equalization Chair Fiona Ma, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, Supervisor London Breed, Supervisor Malia Cohen, Supervisor Jane Kim and Supervisor Katy Tang to name a few.

For a full list of my endorsements visit http://www.alexrandolph.com/endorsements.

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