Despite Budget Cuts, Community College Enrollment Up

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, November 18, 2009

“The good news is that we’re at the highest level of enrollment we’ve ever had. We’re most popular. And the bad news is state is of course not funding us at a very good level.”
Enrollment’s up three percent, Scott says – 56,000 more students this fall than last. But it could have jumped much higher. The state’s eight percent budget cut has forced campuses to eliminate classes and turn students away.
Scott says colleges could have admitted at least another hundred thousand more students if not for the budget cuts.
Locally, enrollment jumped 6.5 percent at the Los Rios Community College District, which includes several campuses in the Sacramento area.
Scott says campuses need to prioritize their classes and eliminate the least relevant ones. He also wants the system to aggressively seek funding from sources other than state government.