Budget Cuts Force Community Colleges to Consider Turning Away Students

Many states aren't providing enrollment-based appropriations

When Tony Zeiss, the president of Central Piedmont Community College, heard about North Carolina's grim budget forecast for next year, he got on the phone. Not to legislators or his state's community-college system office. Instead, he called the Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company of Charlotte and other local businesses to ask them if they would be willing to donate $1,650 each to sponsor a course at the college.

Mr. Zeiss says his hands were tied. Because of a 5.5-percent reduction in his