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Developmental courses offer little incentive

Scenario: After high school, you enter college.

In the beginning, registration goes well, and you realize that taking the SAT/ACT might have been genuinely important because now you are entering developmental courses labeled mandatory if you don’t pass the Accuplacer.

Don’t get me wrong, developmental courses aren’t bad, and I am not saying to throw the courses out completely because they, in fact, helped me out.

However, one thing I could not understand is that I worked so hard, had a wonderful teacher and an available resource, yet the hard work didn’t pay off because I ended up having nothing to show for it except for a form saying I passed.

Students would like it better if their hard work and dedicated time would count for something, right?

But, if you take these classes and put all the effort you can into them, what is the benefit other than just passing? Wouldn’t you want the classes to count toward your GPA?

You pay for classes that don’t count toward your degree or your GPA!

It seems like tuition for these classes should be reduced to the students of TCC or any other college.

If students weren’t charged fully for a class that won’t count toward their GPA, then more students would enroll in school not fearing the chances of failing and not being able to complete their degree because they can’t complete a developmental course that, by the way, is mandatory.

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