College policy overhaul

State community colleges to take different approach to enrollment

California’s community colleges have adopted a system-wide policy of putting students with a graduation plan on the fast track that will go into effect in 2014.

The Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges voted unanimously to overhaul the enrollment system in reaction to reduced budgets and long student waitlists, according to a Campaign for College Opportunity press release. The new system places emphasis on career education and basic skills development, encourages students to set an “educational objective,” and gives students incentive to progress toward their academic goals.

A handful of colleges across the state—including Long Beach City College, Riverside Community College, San Bernardino Community College and Victor Valley College—are already allowing transfer students with a defined plan to move to the front of registration lines.