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California community colleges alter registration policy

LOS ANGELES — California's community colleges are reorienting their registration system to give priority to students who are focused on earning a degree or transferring to a four-year college.

The Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday that the governing board of the 112-college system on Monday voted in favor of the plan, which will go into effect in 2014.

Under the system, students in good academic standing who have not exceeded 100 units will be given priority to register for classes.

The policy comes as colleges are cutting class offerings due to budget reductions and students are finding it hard to get courses they need to complete their associates' degrees and either start their careers to transfer to earn a bachelor's degree.

It marks a shift in the orientation of community colleges, which have historically been places where failing students could repeat courses or community residents could easily take courses for personal enrichment.

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