The California Community Colleges Board of Governors today will consider a policy change that would free up more spaces for new students by limiting the number of times students can repeat certain courses on the state’s dime.
Community Colleges Chancellor Jack Scott’s proposed policy [PDF] would cut off state funding to community colleges for students who take the same course more than three times. Students could get state funding for a fourth repeat of the class with a successful appeal. It’s a move Scott has been mulling for several months as a way to manage the system’s increasingly limited resources. In 2009-10, the state’s community colleges had to turn away 140,000 students because of course reductions resulting from state budget cuts.
Proponents say allowing students to repeat courses multiple times limits the number of seats available to new students, is an inefficient use of state funding and doesn’t serve students well. Read full story.