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Community College Guarantee May Be In Jeopardy

January 25th, 2008 by flanews

A guarantee that allows community college students a spot in a State University may be broken. The agreement may not survive the latest budget cuts. As Whitney Ray tells us, community college students looking to transfer to a state university may be out of luck.

Hear it Here: Community College Guarantee May Be In Jeopardy

Admission to a state university is a promise that could soon be broken. The Articulation Agreement all but guarantees community college graduates a spot at one of Floridas state universities, but the agreement may not survive the latest budget cuts. The Board of Governors made some tough decisions to meet the demands of a projected 147 million dollar budget cut. Board members voted to raise tuition. They also decided to admit fewer students. Chancellor Mark Rosenberg said the cuts will limit space and staff.

We cant have students in the university where there are no seats and no faculty, Rosenberg said. Thats taking their money and theyre not getting a value.

Students at Tallahassee Community College are outraged.

Weve worked hard here to get there and thats kind of the reason for the community college, to help the people who couldnt get in before, said Sophomore Brandon Dalrymple

About half of the students in Florida’s state universities transferred from community colleges.

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