The statewide system's Board of Governors approved a new policy Monday that puts long-time students and those on academic probation at the end of the line.
California Community Colleges Chancellor Jack Scott says the system has suffered years of budget cuts - leading to fewer available classes. He says students working towards degrees, transfers and career technical programs should take priority over everyone else.
Scott: "If there's room in the class, that's fine. But if you've been there and you're just a professional student and you've accumulated more than 100 units, you really ought not to be crowding out the individual who's coming to transfer or in order to get a career technical certificate."
The new enrollment rules take effect in Fall 2014 - though individual campuses can put them in place earlier if they want.