California: 470,000 on college wait lists

More than 470,000 California community college students are on wait lists to get into the classes they need as the fall semester starts. Colleges will cut more classes in January, if voters reject a tax hike on the November ballot.

Those who make it to an associate degree may discover there’s no space for them at state universities.

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  1. I grew up hearing stories about people waiting all day in lines in the USSR to get basic items (shoes, food, etc.) because of the inability of the government central planners to supply what people wanted and needed. Now something similar is happening in higher education in California.

    Two days ago, you posted something indicating that although for-profit colleges cost more, students are almost twice as likely to finish their degrees. An unfinished (but cheaper!) degree doesn’t do a whole lot of good.

    For all its faults, I’ll take capitalism with its free market options over government-run institutions in nearly every aspect of life.

  2. Florida resident says:

    Dear Joanne Jacobs !
    Dear C T !
    it is probably n-th time, with n>3, that I point everybody’s attention to the book
    “Real Education: Four Simple Truths for Bringing America’s Schools Back to Reality”
    by Charles Murray,
    You can buy it there for $ 2.21 + $ 3.99 S&H.
    Te statement in this book, made by Dr. Murray, is that too many people are going to college. There are not enough people with cognitive abilities, necessary to graduate successfully from 4-year college.
    2-year community college is a separate subject.

    Respectfully yours, F.r.

  3. Crimson Wife says:

    People were all up in arms when one LA-area CC wanted to charge a higher tuition for a popular class for the purpose of adding sections in order to meet demand. Seems to me that they had the right idea.

  4. Wow… Even California’s Universities and community colleges are badly run. Is ANYTHING in California working well these days? Or is that state just falling apart at the seams in every feasible category?