In light of limited alternatives, many community colleges are contemplating offering midnight classes on their campuses. However, some are finding that the financial costs are not feasible for their current budgets.
For example, Miami Dade College, the United State’s largest community college, has reported that nearly 30,000 students will be unable to enroll in their desired classes, while an estimated 5,000 will not be able to enroll in any classes, as the college enrollment numbers have soared at uncontrollable rates. While school leaders may be happy to accept such a large draw to their institution, these leaders are simultaneously confronted with devastating budgetary cuts from the state. As such, although Miami Dade College leaders have expressed interest in offering midnight classes, their financial restrictions simply cannot allow for such accommodations, as the school’s provost admits that budget cuts have, “crippled its ability to operate beyond its regular schedule.”