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Nicholls State University to no longer offer remedial courses

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Nicholls State University in Louisiana will no longer accept students who need remedial courses in an effort to boost admission standards. School officials said enrollment figures could drop as a result of this move, but they are trying to minimize the impact.

Nicholls State University will collaborate with Fletcher Technical Community College to prepare students taking development courses at Fletcher to meet transfer requirements at Nicholls. The partnership will allow for cross enrollment.

“This has been coming for a long time, and we’ve known this. That’s why we’ve planned. We’re in advantage because we work closely and have an excellent partnership with Fletcher Technical Community College in Schriever,” Nicholls Director of Enrollment Courtney Cassard said.

Lisa Hidalgo, registrar at Fletcher, told houmatoday.com that students taking developmental courses at Fletcher while being cross enrolled at Nicholls would technically be Fletcher students.

“If they need any developmental courses and Nicholls doesn’t take them, then they’re going to be our students,” Hidalgo said. “If they wanted to, they could cross enroll at Nicholls while they are a Fletcher student.”

Students who enroll at Nicholls State University this summer will be the last to enroll in developmental classes at the school.

However, some exceptions will be made for remedial students at the university, including students with dyslexia, veterans and some adults.

“We’re always going to have readmits and people that started years ago that need the remedial courses, and the only difference now is that we’re going to have to cross enroll those students with Fletcher,” Cassard said.

The change is a part of the Louisiana Board of Regents master plan for secondary education at state school.  The state school plan consisted of three broad goals: “increase the educational attainment of the state’s adult population to the Southern Regional Education Board States’ average by 2025, invest more in university research and achieve greater efficiency and accountability in the post-secondary education system,” houmatoday.com reported.

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