GRCC Takes Fresh Approach To Keep Students From Failing Remedial Classes

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Grand Rapids Community College may have found a novel way to help more students pass developmental education classes: Speed them up.

Long plagued by a high failure rate, the college is now offering some students the opportunity to bypass at least one of their semester-long developmental classes in reading, math and English by completing them in a condensed three-week period.

In August, approximately 141 students completed the college’s first attempt at the program, known as fast track. Those students can now move onto college-level courses.

“For adults with children at home and complicated lives, it helps them get their degree more quickly,” said Cynthia Martin, Dean of Adult and Developmental Education. "Plus “it saves them money.”

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