Cal State Northridge Students Stress Out Under Tightened Enrollment

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

For the last two weeks, Cal State Northridge Associate Dean Maureen Rubin has been troubled by anguished dreams of students unable to find classes — despite her best efforts.

Mark Stevens' campus counseling office is filled with stressed-out students who can't get classes and believe their futures are being ruined. They are even enrolling in an anxiety management workshop.

Melissa Alamo, a sociology and criminology major, needs one more class to lift her to full-time status. At stake, she said, is her entire education plan as well as access to campus child care for her 3-year-old son. "I don't want to have to extend my education for an extra semester because of one class," said Alamo, 21, a junior. "It's frustrating, but I'm not giving up."

The drama playing out at the San Fernando Valley campus ended its second week with thousands of students still in limbo. They are shut out of classes because the university exceeded enrollment targets set by the Cal State system, and now the school could be slapped with a $7-million penalty by Cal State Chancellor Charles B. Reed.

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