Long Education Bill Could Do Away with Remedial College Courses
GAINESVILLE - With only one week until the legislative session closes, a long, education bill hangs in the wings.
It's a bill that would limit the amount of remedial classes college students would have to take before beginning their general education courses.
The bill currently has been passed by the Senate and the House, but has been changed so it most likely will have to go through both chambers again.
One of the hallmarks of the bill would be the dissolution of remedial or pre-requisite courses to general education courses.
Co-requisite courses that students can take simultaneously with their general education courses would be put in place instead.
Carole Windsor from Santa Fe College says they have already begun exploring these new options, which gives students a chance to find the fit best for them - "The downside [to long remedial courses] is students want to get into their college level courses quickly and they often see these remedial courses as a barrier…so by opening up these avenues, students can say 'ok good I don't have to spend a whole semester, I can move right in.' "
Windsor says that the longer courses are best suited for veterans and non-traditional students who have been out of school the longest.
If passed, the bill would still allow these longer courses to exist for those who need them.
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