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Study: Budget Cuts Hurt Community College Enrollment

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, March 25, 2013
The PPIC study found that California's community college system sustained about $1.5 billion in state budget cuts from 2007 until 2012.  
The colleges responded by cutting staff, reducing the number of courses and increasing class sizes.  
Academic year course offerings fell 21-percent.    
As a result, fewer students enrolled because they couldn't get the classes they needed.   
First time student enrollment dropped five-percent as the number of California high school graduates increased nine-percent.  
The study shows total enrollment dropped by almost a half-million students.  
By 2011, enrollment was at a 20 year low.  
The report points to a better financial picture now because of the passage of Proposition 30.
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