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APSU program could be TBR model

APSUs computerized developmental studies program could become the model for TBR schools, if a TBR initiative is approved in December, according to an article in the Nov. 15 edition of The Leaf-Chronicle.

According to Amy Ritchart, higher education reporter, TBR officials want to increase the speed and success of remedial and developmental studies for students who need review courses to become college ready.
APSU's computerized developmental studies program could become the model for TBR schools, if a TBR initiative is approved in December, according to an article in the Nov. 15 edition of “The Leaf-Chronicle.”

According to Amy Ritchart, higher education reporter, TBR officials want to increase the speed and success of remedial and developmental studies for students who need review courses to become “college ready.”

Implemented this fall at APSU, the computerized development studies program allows students to pace themselves. Some students in DSP English and math completed the review courses and moved on to core math and English sections that were added to the Fall II schedule.

Jackson State Community College President Bruce Blanding said about 70 percent of that school's students require development studies. The lengthy and rigid review courses show student progress and demoralize those seeking higher education.

“They spend the first year (reviewing) before they do anything,” he said. “Anything we can do to accelerate that is fantastic.” The lengthy reviewing leads some students to drop out.