Who Comes First?

A debate over priorities at California’s community colleges is heating up, as the system considers putting more emphasis on first-time students who are working toward a credential or transferring to a four-year institution. The debate has deep national relevance, as the “completion agenda” may hinge on the 2.6 million students who attend the state’s community colleges.

Driving the discussion in California is a budget crisis that forced two-year colleges to turn away 140,000 students in 2009-10. Next year could be worse, with a $400 million budget cut that will freeze out an estimated 200,000 students due to course reductions.

Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2012/01/05/two-year-colleges-california-move-toward-rationing-student-access#ixzz1koliCApX