A discussion of continuing higher education, adult education, training,and related--and some unrelated--Tennessee topics.
This will attract adult students back to your college
In continuing higher education, we often deal with mature students who had enjoyed their earlier college years much too much. Often, their poor grades from a decade or more earlier are an imposing barrier. Grade forgiveness policies can help overcome this barrier. I wonder, though, if anyone has ever tracked how students using grade forgiveness perform when they come back? Anecdotally, we assume most succeed. But my personal experience dealing with re-admitting students who had been academically dismissed from the university has been mixed. Some succeed; some don't.
When the economy recently soured, however, and her job as a skin specialist at a spa was threatened, the 30-year-old Haddon Township woman decided to go back to her alma mater, Camden County College.
She was in for a shock. Her grades - including a bunch of F's incurred when she failed to withdraw from courses after a serious car crash - were still on file, creating a grade-point average that could be hard to overcome.
Then an adviser recommended an academic-forgiveness program, which allows returning students to reset their GPA and start over.
Doubts about returning quickly evaporated, Arroyo said, making her "100 percent sure I wanted to come back."
Ain't just a term in football. The rates in Tennessee, and actually all over, should be better. From The Tennessean. College completion rates in Tennessee unacceptable, report says
While state efforts have helped boost college readiness and access to higher education, college completion rates remain “unacceptably low,” according to a report released Wednesday.
On average, less than 45 percent of students at Tennessee two- and four-year public colleges complete their degrees, according to Complete Tennessee’s “Room to Grow” report.
The low completion rates — Tennessee ranks 38th in the nation in public university graduation rates and 40th in community college graduation rates — could have repercussions for students and employers.
Students who don’t complete their college degrees are more likely to incur debt and have lower salaries and a lower quality of life, said Kenyetta Lovett, executive director of Complete Tennessee, a non-profit focused on increasing postsecondary access a…