According to The Associated Press, an outside consultant's recent report recommends that the UNC system guarantee every N.C. community-college student a spot at one of the 16 UNC-system schools upon completion of a two-year associate general-education degree program.
State legislators should not interfere with the UNC system's admissions autonomy by requiring it to accept any particular group of students.
The state's community college system contains more than 779,000 students this year. Does the UNC system have enough room for the students who would wish to transfer after receiving a degree? It's not difficult to see that any bill to require admission of these students would tax the entire system.
Additionally, to make admitting these students compulsory would be to suggest that a community college degree alone is enough to gain acceptance to a UNC-system school. But that's not the case.
There undoubtedly are plenty of community college students about to complete associate degrees who are worthy of transferring somewhere in the UNC system - but the choice of whether or not they do should be left to schools, not lawmakers.