Re "Students failing to finish" (Our Region, April 21): Is it possible that many of the students who enroll in classes at community colleges don't intend to finish the semester in the first place?
One gripe about this phenomena is that many of the positions in classes are taken up by those whose intent is collecting student aid and then dropping out after a month or so. This severely impacts the ability of serious students who wish to enroll in classes needed for graduation. It also reduces the funds that should go to students intending to complete their studies.
Evidence of the dropouts can be seen by the reduced number of cars in the parking lots halfway through each semester. The colleges need to investigate which students are simply taking the money and dropping out. This may help ensure that seats are available for those who really want an education.
-- Eileen Glaholt, Sacramento