CA Legislature Shoots Down Lifetime Limit on College Units

CA Legislature Shoots Down Lifetime Limit on College Units

April 18, 2013

Budget panels in both houses of the California Legislature rejected Gov. Jerry Brown's proposal to set a lifetime limit on the amount of credits a student can take at in-state rates, reports The Sacramento Bee.

The plan would require students to start paying over four times the $46-per-unit rate after hitting 90 credits.

"The administration proposals simply stick it to students who have already had to contend with fewer classes and massive fee increases," Assembly Budget Chair Bob Blumenfield, D-Woodland Hills, told the Sacramento Bee. "They respond to symptoms of a much bigger problem. Even if the administration could offer evidence showing a budget savings associated with these proposals, they are bad policy choices to make today."

Critics of the proposal argued that unit caps would hurt double majors or people returning to school seeking new skill sets.

The proposal was one component of Brown's broad agenda to overhaul the state's community college system to make it more efficient and increase student access.

In 2011-12 academic year, there were nearly 100,000 students at community colleges who had earned 90 or more degree-applicable units, according to a report by the Legislative Analyst's Office. The LAO recommended adopting Brown's policy to create incentives for more efficient degree completion.


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Zeeshan Aleem

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