Calif. Community College Board Approves Class 'Rationing' Changes

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Students and local residents will no longer be able to repeat recreational courses at California Community Colleges in fall 2013 under a final change passed today by the system's Board of Governors.

In the wake of recessionary budget cuts, the new rule is designed to shift resources away from courses such as tennis and painting in order to free up funds for more basic academic classes.

Students and community members had been able to repeat a class as many as four times under previous rules governing the system's 112 colleges. Supporters of recreational courses have suggested the change would undermine student health and eliminate access to campus offerings that motivate students to remain in college. We wrote about the change in May.

The new restriction exempts students repeating courses to fulfill University of California or California State University transfer requirements, such as performing arts students who need to take theater classes each semester. It also exempts student-athletes taking courses for intercollegiate competition and those who need to repeat professional courses mandated by law.

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