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12/03/2002 Archived Entry: "UC Berkeley SF Extension ELP Closing"

This one is a bit off-topic, and for that I apologize. It's just that today I read a very surprising press release entitled "UC Berkeley Extension Announces Program Consolidation, Layoffs."

The program being "consolidated" is the UC Berkeley Extension, San Francisco, English Language Program. Apparently it's being "moved" to Berkeley, where it will join with the UC Berkeley Extension, Berkeley, English Language Program. Of course the latter program is already full staffed, so job cuts are inevitable. According to the Dean:

"In response to the continuing weakness of the local economy and a projected budget deficit of $7.9 million, UC Berkeley Extension, the continuing education arm of the University of California, Berkeley, is consolidating course offerings and cutting staff by the equivalent of 34 full-time positions."

My interest in this topic is personal. From February, 1987 through December, 1996, I worked full-time as an ESL Instructor at the San Francisco Extension English Language Program. It was a large, vibrant program and remained prosperous. And, now it's closing. This will affect many of my former colleagues, no doubt. In fact, I still have several close friends who teach in the program.

I hope the cross-Bay commute to work remains the worst of their worries.

34 full-time positions--unbelievable. What surprises me most about all this is that other ESL programs in the area don't seem to be experiencing significant enrollment problems, at least as far as I can tell. Then again, what do I know?

Is the local economy really that bad? What do you think?


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