I had a post last week about the big boom in community college enrollment. Community colleges do not have unlimited capacity, so, inevitably, the New York Times reports today, they have begun turning people away.
They have done so not by being more selective, but by instituting strict deadlines. (Traditionally, students could walk up and enroll right up to the first class meeting.) In New York City,
LaGuardia stopped accepting applications on July 30. The Borough of Manhattan Community College stopped in late June, while Bronx, Hostos and Queensborough Community Colleges cut off applications in the first half of August…. Applications to the community colleges for the 2010 spring semester are up 19 percent from the same time last year. LaGuardia, which has 52,000 students, including 17,500 degree-seeking students, has imposed a Nov. 15 deadline for spring applications.
If I’m not mistaken, Nov. 15 is this Sunday. So if you want to go to LaGuardia, you better fly.