By BRIAN BIGELOW | Assistant News Editor
New applicants to APSU will now have to meet higher standards on their ACT scores in order to gain acceptance to the university.
In order to comply with new regulations set forth in the Complete College Tennessee Act, APSU must cease offering all remedial and developmental courses and change admission standards to eliminate the need for such courses.
According to the legislation, the changes in curriculum must take effect by Wednesday, July 1, 2012.
“Students who have remedial academic deficiencies will not be admitted to APSU, as of Fall 2011,” said Ryan Forsythe, director of APSU Admissions.
“In light of the Complete College Tennessee Act, APSU has received approval from [the Tennessee Board of Regents] to no longer admit students with an ACT Math, Reading or Writing sub-score of 15 or below,” said APSU Provost Tristan Denly.
“Previously these students would have been admitted with a requirement of enrolling in an appropriate [remedial] class” in order to correct the deficiency, Denley said. Remedial classes do not apply towards general studies or degree requirements. “The act prevents us from continuing to offer those classes.”
As part of the Complete College Tennessee Act, community colleges will now be the only institutions of higher education allowed to offer remedial and developmental classes.
Other changes imposed by the legislation include “encouragement of dual admission agreements between institutions, the requirement of a unified system of community colleges, the requirement that institutions encourage student success,” Forsythe said.
“We are developing workshops in reading, writing and mathematics to assist non-traditional students, or any students who might need further assistance in meeting this new requirement,” Denley said.
For students that meet the admissions requirements but still require additional help, APSU will offer “enhanced” classes in math and English.
These enhanced classes will consist of a typical first-year, 1000-level class, which will meet three times a week, in conjunction with an on-campus workshop, to meet twice a week.
“Using the enhanced model, students are much more academically successful” than when enrolled in traditional remedial classes, Denley said.
APSU is also exploring a “bridge program” that will offer workshops during the summer to help students eliminate deficiencies before being admitted in the fall.
Denley encourages incoming high school students with low ACT sub-scores to “more thoroughly prepare themselves” for college level coursework “as part of their high school experience.” TAS