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November 30, 2009 5:11 PM Nevada Considers Capping Community College Enrollment

By Daniel Luzer

Schools in Maryland may have elected to create a selective component of community colleges, but Nevada is the process of deciding whether or not it is a good idea to simply limit the number of students attending community colleges. Daniel Klaich , the chancellor of the Nevada System of Higher Education, thinks it might be time to cap community college enrollment. From Inside Higher Ed:

Though Daniel L. Klaich has not developed a formal proposal for such a dramatic change, he said he expects to present “strong ideas” on the subject of educational quality at a meeting of the system’s Board of Regents this week. His appeal to the board comes at time when the state system has been asked to serve increasing numbers of students with less funding: its budget was cut by nearly 24 percent, or $314 million, for the 2009-11 biennium even as its overall full-time equivalent enrollment grew by 4.3 percent this fall.

The trouble is that Nevada may simply not have enough money to offer unlimited enrollment to Nevadans who wish to attend community college. Klaich does not have a formal proposal about how to limit enrollment; he said his proposal is a “conversation starter.”

Klaich does not support academically competitive admissions for community colleges. He proposes limiting community college admissions by enrolling students on a first-come-first-served basis.

There are, of course, a number of for-profit colleges that might, well, profit from students denied admission to Nevada community colleges.

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer