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Melissa, et al.,

At Southwest, a student's GPA is calculated at 2 levels: with remedial
courses and without.  Remedial coursework does not count for graduation
but does count for financial aid.  Remedial course assignment results
from placement tests.  Those  remedial courses are prerequisites for
many college general education courses, so, must be taken if needed.
Motivation to enroll in such courses is generally a non-issue, but,
there is a need for support-to-success in those courses, hence the
Academic Support Center.

(STCC is the largest 2-year state college in TN)

Raymond R. Lagesse, Ph.D.
Southwest Tennessee Community College
phone: 901-333-4513
email: [log in to unmask]
FAX: 901-333-4193

Subject: How grades are counted for remedial courses

The administration is wanting to change the way grades in remedial 
courses count at my institution. Currently the remedial courses don't 
count toward graduation, but the grades figure into the student's 
GPA. They are wanting to change that policy so the grades for 
remedial courses won't figure into the GPA. The remedial grades will 
still count for Financial aid and athletic eligibility, but that is 
all. My concern is student motivation if their grade doesn't matter. 
They will still be required to take the courses if they score into 
them, and they will need a certain grade to pass, but will that be 
enough motivation. Motivation is a problem to begin with in this area.
What do other institutions do with grades? How does this affect
motivation?
We are a small two-year community college.
Thanks for your response.
Melissa Chandler

Melissa Chandler
Developmental Specialist
Allen County Community College
1801 North Cottonwood
Iola, KS 66749
(620) 365-5116 ext. 247
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