ERIC Number: EJ1054287
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 87
First in Line: Student Registration Priority in Community Colleges
Bahr, Peter Riley; Gross, Jillian Leigh; Slay, Kelly E.; Christensen, Rebecca D.
Educational Policy, v29 n2 p342-374 Mar 2015
Across the United States, community colleges are facing severe funding reductions and surging enrollment, resulting in a condition of impaction in which demand for coursework exceeds financial or physical capacity. In turn, impaction is necessitating changes in enrollment management policies, including rapid evolution in registration priority policies, which ration access to coursework by granting preferential course enrollment timing to students who meet specified criteria. During times of impaction, such policies effectively preclude some groups of students from making progress toward their goals or, under the worst circumstances, from attending college at all. Given the importance of community colleges for providing access to postsecondary education, these policies have significant, long-term implications. Here, we situate the discourse on registration priority policies in a larger context and body of literature, document the variation in policies across the colleges in one state, and develop a set of recommendations for policy and future research.
Descriptors: Community Colleges, School Registration, Educational Policy, Policy Analysis, Enrollment Influences, Enrollment Management, Educational Practices, Educational Change, Change Strategies, Funding Formulas, Educational Finance, Discourse Analysis, Student Characteristics, Special Programs, College Administration, Access to Education, Equal Education, Educational Opportunities, Financial Problems
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California