Community colleges have always been safe havens where struggling students
can bring themselves up to academic par before transferring to a four-year university
. In some cases, this might mean repeating a course a number of times before getting the required grade to advance to the next level. However, budget constrictions
are impacting repeat classes for students across the country, with some left wondering how they will complete their community college program. We will take a look at both sides of this issue to find out how institutions are struggling to balance their commitment to student achievement with their bottom line.
California Setting Limits
California is one of the first to look into setting limits on repeat courses at community colleges across the state. According to a report at Inside Higher Ed
, the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office is looking into the feasibility of limiting the number of times students can repeat courses within their college system. Currently, a small number of California community college students may repeat a class as many as five times or more during their college career.
A spokesman for the chancellor's office, Terri Carbaugh, told Inside Higher Ed that the office was looking into the feasibility of a regulation limiting the number of times students can retake courses to save taxpayer dollars. The office would like to set a limit of four retakes, and then community colleges would have to find their own source of funding for additional classes – without using any taxpayer . . . read more