Adjunct Law Prof Blog

Editor: Mitchell H. Rubinstein
New York Law School

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Classes Past Midnight

The boom in student enrollment at community colleges has results in late night classes-real late classes. A Oct. 27, 2009 New York Times article about this is available here. As the article states:

He is a typical part-time student, with one exception. His class runs from 11:45 p.m. to 2:30 a.m., the consequence of an unprecedented enrollment spike that has Bunker Hill scrambling to accommodate hundreds of newcomers. In the dead of night, he and his classmates dissect Walt Whitman poems and learn the finer points of essay writing, fueled by unlimited coffee, cookies and an instructor who does push-ups beforehand to stay lively.

Similar booms have forced many of the nation’s 1,200 community colleges to add makeshift parking lots, rent extra space and keep thousands of students on waiting lists this fall. While Bunker Hill offers two midnight classes — the other is Psychology 101 — and Clackamas Community College in Oregon holds welding classes until 2 a.m., others have added classes as early as 6 a.m. to make room for the jobless and others whom the recession has nudged back to school.

The deluge also includes an unusually large number of recent high school graduates, diverted from more expensive four-year colleges by the economic downturn.

Frankly, this is hard for me to believe. But, this is apparently the case at some schools.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

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