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New Community College Rules in California are Restrictive

Updated on September 13, 2012

Junior and community colleges in California are often thought as extensions of "High School" or a place to get rid of the requirements before transferring to a UC campus or State college, others, go there to pick up a certificate.

One of the largest in the state is in Santa Rosa, home to 28,000 day and night students from age 18 to 60. Just recently, California's junior college system has passed a new mandate and mission that some say is biased, educationally. Because of the drastic cuts in state funds going to these colleges (all 112 of them), many classes are no longer available in both semesters or in the year. Now, priority is given to those students who are in good academic standing, have an educational plan with a timeline and plan to transfer to a higher level college after two years. Those who do not know what goals they have, are working and only go to school part-time will only have access to classes that are left over. Basically, the new mission is rationing what is left to those who have a goal and can attend full-time. Students who receive poor grades will also fall into this lesser group. Since 2008, junior colleges have lost $809 million. This year alone, 470,000 students among all of California's community college system, were put on waiting lists for classes no longer offered or offered often enough.

Going to junior college is also getting tougher.


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