Community College Enrollment Decline Continues in California

Lynn Russo Whylly's picture
Thursday, April 11, 2013

California is renowned for its community college system, but its budget, along with other forms of education, has been reduced significantly. The difference for community college is that cuts have led to a steady decline in enrollment, limiting access to higher education.

A study from the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) looked into the effects of budget cuts on community colleges. Since 2008, courses offered and enrollment decreased by 21 percent for Fall/Spring terms, and 60 percent for Summer sessions. It’s the lowest the statistics have been in 20 years.

In years past, when state funding dropped, local funds were able to make up for some of the losses. This is not the case in present day:

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