California lawmaker calls for shutdown after $ 175 million of online college graduates 12 students – FOX13 News Memphis

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A California lawmaker is calling for the closure of an exclusively online community college after just 12 of its 900 students graduated in its first year of operation, according to a state audit.

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In addition to the low graduation rate, more than 40% of Calbright College students have dropped out, Auditor Elaine Howle reported in her findings to the California legislature on Tuesday, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

Calbright, which opened in 2019, has paid its leaders more than any other community college in the state. The school is expected to receive $ 175 million in public funds until 2025. The audit found there was “mismanagement” on the part of former principals, many of whom have already left. However, the school did not address excessive wages or create a spending strategy.

Assembly member Jose Medina requested the audit at the request of community college faculty leaders. Medina called the school a failure.

“The legislature must end the Calbright College experiment,” Medina said in a statement.

Medina and MP Evan Low introduced a bill that would close the school after the 2022-2023 school year.

Pamela Haynes, chairman of the board of Calbright, admitted her first missteps, but said changes have been made. The legislature gave the school seven years to start, she said.

“We recognize that Calbright made some mistakes early on and that the necessary changes have been made to correct the course and implement rigorous internal controls where necessary,” Haynes said in a statement. “We value the recommendations for continuous improvement and are fully committed and confident in Calbright’s ability to accomplish them on time. “

The Associated press contributed to this report.



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