The governing board of California's community colleges Monday approved historic, system-wide registration policies that favor students who have a specific education plan and have completed orientation and assessment tests.
Registration priority also will be given to continuing students in good academic standing who have not exceeded 100 units. The changes, first recommended this year by a statewide Student Success Task Force, are intended to make it easier for students to reach their educational goals, whether they are seeking a degree or to transfer to a four-year university.
The move also marks an unprecedented narrowing of the mission of community colleges, which have had to drastically reduce class offerings in recent years because of severe budget cuts.
"In the past, community colleges have been able to serve everyone and students could accrue a large number of units or do poorly in all of their courses and still receive priority registration," said Chancellor Jack Scott, who is retiring this week after overseeing many of the overhaul efforts. "Now that colleges have had to cut back on the courses they can offer, those students were taking up seats in classrooms and crowding out newer students focused on job training, degree attainment or transfer."