If at first you don’t succeed, try again—for free

If at first you don’t succeed, try again—for free –at Missouri State University-West Plains.  “We’re telling students that if they go to all of their classes, do all of their assigned homework, communicate with their instructors and advisors and use our free tutoring services, they will earn acceptable passing grades,” said Chancellor Drew Bennett. “If, however, they faithfully do all of these things and still earn below a 2.0 grade point average, we will let them, for one time only, retake courses where they earned a D or F grade tuition free the next regular semester.”

Enrolling in community college raises the odds students will earn a bachelor’s degree, says a new study. Most don’t make it. But for most, the alternative to community college isn’t a four-year college or university. It’s no college at all.

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  1. Bostonian says:

    If a student works very hard but still flunks a class, maybe he is just not smart enough to pass it. That is unfortunate but is not shameful. What is shameful is for educators who should know better to misinform students about their prospects.

    • Sometimes, but not necessarily. I’ve seen many a student come through my door that were easily smart enough to pass the class; what they lacked was the ability to remember to do things, manage their time, prioritize their lives correctly, etc.

      Heck, I have several friends of mine who were exactly like that; one who was days from flunking out of college at the end of his freshman year (too much partying); but, he pulled himself up by his bootstraps, and ended up getting his Bachelor’s degree with a >3.0 GPA. Or another friend of mine, who got his Bachelor’s degree with a 2.1 GPA and lots of failed/repeated classes under his belt. But, then he met a woman, got married, had a kid, and ended up getting two Master’s degrees after that with 4.0 GPAs. So, more often than not, the problem is cultural (on a big level like a racial subculture, all the way down to a family or individual’s own culture) and not a matter of pure brain power.