More than 472,000 of the 2.4 million students in the California Community Colleges system were put on waiting lists for classes this fall
While 472,000 students seems like a very large number of students on the waiting list (and it is in real numbers) it is still less then 20% of all community college students.
But what is more concerning:
[California Community College] open-enrollment system served 2.4 million students in 2011-2012, down from 2.89 million students in 2008-9
Over 400,000 students disappeared from the California community colleges during one of the worse economic recessions of the current college-going age when it would be expected that more students would be incentivized to stay in or go to college.
That is rationing, in an open-enrollment system, by any name.