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ERIC Number: EJ999543
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1067-1803
Beyond Capacity
Boerner, Heather
Community College Journal, v83 n1 p20-25 Aug-Sep 2012
Over the past few years, 300,000 students have been turned away from California community colleges. Those that remain jockey for classes with ever-narrower registration deadlines. City College of San Francisco may be forced to close its doors to its 90,000 students after a state investigation found that the administration hadn't managed budget cuts well. Solano Community College in Fairfield canceled summer classes for the first time in its history due to lack of funding. The schools are beyond capacity--way beyond capacity. California is an extreme example, but community colleges across the country have turned away hundreds of thousands more students since the recession began. A combination of downward pressure from four-year universities, which are raising tuition while accepting fewer students, more laid-off workers returning to colleges for retraining, and often double-digit reductions in state funding have schools struggling to accommodate the increase in the number of students seeking education. The resulting crisis is forcing community colleges to innovate, reassess their core strategies, and revamp their programs while they continue to meet one of their most basic missions: to be open-door institutions that welcome every student who wants to learn, especially those who need considerable remedial work and counseling.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California