No College Enrollment Caps

TAMPA -

One of the many steps state universities took to reduce their bottom line was to cap freshmen enrollment for next year.

Florida's 28 community college presidents voted to do just the opposite.

'We did agree in principal that we were going to do everything we could to keep our doors open and to not cap enrollment at the community colleges,' says Dr. Gwendolyn Stephenson, President of Hillsborough Community College and a member of the Florida Association of Community colleges Council of Presidents.

She says the community college system has had about 7 percent in increased funding over the past several years which will help absorb the additional students.

'It's not easy,' says Stephenson. 'But, what we're saying is we're going to increase our class sizes, although we don't like that, in order to meet the demand for education that we offer.'

Florida's universities expect to turn away 2600 freshmen next year, students the community colleges say they're ready to absorb.

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