January 23, 2009
Community-College Enrollments Are Up, but Institutions Struggle to Pay for Them
On January 8, a record 803 people streamed through the doors of Mitchell Community College, in Statesville, N.C., to enroll for the spring semester — a 17-percent increase in turnout over last year. But some of those students may find there are not enough chairs.
North Carolina sets financing for each community college based on its previous year's enrollment numbers. So this semester, Mitchell will enroll hundreds of students it lacks the money to support, and it may have to