SRJC shifts registration policy to preserve room for serious students

Santa Rosa Junior College will begin giving priority to students seeking to earn a degree or transfer to a four-year university, part of a fundamental shift in the mission of the state's community college system.

The new policy, adopted Monday by the governing board of the state's 112-college system, is designed to preserve room for the most serious students as budget cuts force community colleges to trim classes and enrollment.

"They do represent substantial changes. For the most part, we think they're healthy changes," said Ricardo Navarrette, SRJC's vice president of student services.

Under the statewide policy, new students who have developed an education plan and completed their college orientation and assessment will be given priority to register for classes.

Existing students who are in good academic standing and have fewer than 100 units will also be favored during registration.

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