Spring Classes Start With More Students

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Brice Harris is chancellor of Los Rios Community College District. He says enrollment is now at 84,000. That’s up nearly 7,000 from last spring. Harris says the enrollment increase comes at a time when state funding is decreasing.  

“Consequently, classes are a little bit larger than they were at this time last year. What often is the case is that students who would love to take 15 units or 12 units end up only being able to find 6 or 9.” 

Harris attributes the higher enrollment to several things…including the weak economy and rising unemployment. He also says skyrocketing fees at four-year universities are driving more students to community colleges.