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Community colleges turning down students?

August 6, 2010 by Jacob Hawley
Posted in: Enrollment, In this week's e-newsletter, Latest News & Views

Among cost-conscious students and job-training workers, two-year schools are more popular than ever – and that’s part of the problem. 

While the American Graduation Initiative aims to produce five million more community college graduates by 2020, some schools are saying it’s easier said than done. Across the country, slashed state financing has caused schools to make big cuts in their course offerings and faculty rosters.

These cuts could hinder the already-low completion rates at most schools (about 25%), as well as their ability to handle the influx of new students. Among the affected schools:

  • California’s community college system has enrolled 21,000 fewer students in 2009-2010 than in the previous school year, with some districts turning away about half of the new students that tried to enroll, and
  • The City University of New York and its six community colleges, which saw enrollment grow by 43% over the last decade, is starting wait lists for the fall.

How can community colleges cope? Let us know in the comments section below.

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