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Course repeatability changes

Starting in the summer of 2012 students will have a limit to how many times they can take a class. Felice Strong-Baker | [email protected] |

As of the summer semester of 2012, a new system for Los Rios students will take effect, allowing fewer chances to repeat courses because of budget cuts to the California Community Colleges.

Already implemented this semester at City College, students in the entire Los Rios Community College district will now have only three chances to repeat a failed or withdrawn course.

Previous rules allowed a student to withdraw the same course four times in addition to repeating that course up to three times because of substandard grades or after receiving a no credit/no pass.

Under the new system, students will be only allowed a combined three chances to repeat any one course.

“Basically I equate it to three strikes and you’re out,” said Kim Goff, supervisor for Admissions and Records. “It’s a better way for us to communicate with students sooner and better and get them on the right path.”

According to Goff, the hope is that students will take a class and move on toward achieving their educational goal. When students make multiple attempts at classes, it causes classes to fill up faster and for a lot of students, this is becoming a big problem considering the district has already trimmed the amount of classes being offered by 8.5 percent over the past three years.

“It sucks!” said first-year City College student, Nick Ducusin, 19. “I had to stand up in some classes because I was trying to add them and all the seats were full!”

Ducusin said he didn’t know that students could retake classes so many times with the old system and that he’s in favor of the new system.

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Other students may find other ways to take the classes they can’t find at City College.

“With less classes being offered we’re finding more and more of our students at City College are also taking classes at Cosumnes River College, American River College, and Folsom College,” said CalWORKs Program Supervisor Ramona Cobian. “One student went to three colleges at once!”

Like Goff, Cobian also advises students to take advantage of the free services offered to them on campus.

“Go see an academic adviser,” said Cobian. “Go see a counselor. Make sure your plan is on track.”

City College student Kris Weber, 31, views the new changes as a positive step in the right direction and hopes the student body agrees.

“It’s kind of like the safety net is coming off,” said Weber. “Hopefully it just motivates students to work harder and pick classes they need to graduate.”

Goff explained that the new system isn’t intended to make college hard on students, but that the aim is to help students meet their goals and to free up space for new students.

“The real point of [the new system] is for us to intervene after [students] fail a class the first time and say, ‘Look, you only have two more chances’ and advise them from there.”

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