SACRAMENTO, Calif- In the wake of recent budget cuts, the California Community Colleges Board of Governors says it needs to prioritize certain students over others. The board met Monday to discuss who is more deserving of attending community college in the state.
The board say first year students and those who are on track to reach their educational goals should come first. Under the plan, students with more than 100 units and students on probation for two semesters in a row will be removed from top priority standing.
Students wont be allowed to repeat certain classes, such as golf. And they wont be able to take non-critical classes, such as taking French for the sake of learning a new language.
The Chancellor of California's 112 community colleges blames the budget cuts. Since 2008/2009, community colleges have cut course offerings by 15 and reduced enrollment by 300,000 students.
"The state has lowered our resources. We are no longer able to serve everybody we would like to serve. We've had to decrease our enrollment by over ten percent. And so naturally under those circumstances we have to prioritize enrollment. Who are the most deserving students? Who are the ones who deserve to be what we might call first in line," said Chancellor Jack Scott.
The enrollment priority regulations, which are scheduled for final adoption by the Board of Governors in September, give priority to active duty military, veterans, current and former foster tough and students from historically low income backgrounds.
Public comment on the proposed change will be accepted before final adoption.