Third Times’ A Charm: Community Colleges Seek to Limit Repeat Offenders

California’s Community Colleges Chancellor, The Honorable Jack Scott, is considering a policy change to prevent community college students from enrolling in a single credit course more than three times. Based on a report from Inside Higher Ed, in 2010 approximately 33,000 students  retook a single credit class more than five times in the course of their education, on the state’s dime.

Advocates of the policy change state that allowing students to repeat courses time and again limits the number of seats available to new students. OCBC’s Community College representatives recognize that the system faces severely limited resources to serve thousands of students.  In light of ongoing cuts to funding, community colleges should expend resources on students with a solid plan for the future: whether that be advancement into the university system, graduation with an AA degree, or entrance into the workforce.

With California on track to being one million college degrees short by 2020, the Board of Governor’s is taking a big step forward in improving efficiency in California’s community colleges. Preparing students for the high-skill jobs of the future ensures a qualified and prepared workforce, benefiting businesses and the community. For more information contact Alicia Berhow, Director of Workforce Development.

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