College students who need a little extra help in certain subjects before they are able to take college level courses are at the center of a debate in state government that will decide whether four-year schools will be allowed to offer remedial, or so-called developmental courses, in the future.
Many of Louisiana’s universities have traditionally accepted students who are otherwise qualified for college-level courses, but are a little weak in math, science, reading or English. It’s a pretty standard way for schools to operate — accept students with potential and help them along in the areas where they are deficient.
Another school of thought says those students should be directed to enroll in community colleges until they are ready to transfer to a four-year school.
The thinking behind that strategy is that students would enter a four-year institution better prepared to complete a degree.