HECTOR AMEZCUA/hamezcua@sacbee.com

Austin Jack works on a watercolor painting in his art class at Franklin High School in Elk Grove. Jack chose to attend college at Arizona State instead of a California State University campus, in part because he felt it would improve his chances of getting his degree in four years. "It's so difficult to get classes at CSU," he said, citing the system's crowding.

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