ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - It is the second week of school for students at the University of New Mexico and some freshman are now in a new pilot program to help get them up speed.
The new types of courses are offered as an alternative to remedial courses. Professors say they hope this program is the key to keeping kids in school.
The new “Stretch" and "Studio" classes are designed for students with ACT scores 18 and below. Professors say there is a low graduation rate among freshmen who are required to take remedial courses, which do not offer credit for graduation. The courses will allow freshmen to jump straight into English 10, but extend it over the course of two semesters.
“Not only are they earning college credit, but students are increasing their writing skills, and also their confidence in being a college student," said Cristyn Elder, an English Professor at UNM.
One student in the Studio course describes the program as a tight-knit community.
“We're comfortable here knowing that if we do have questions we have that extra studio time," said freshman Dalia Loya.
Professors say they will assess the progress of these students throughout their college career.
About 200 students are expected to enroll in next summer's Stretch and Studio courses.
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