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MTSU takes action to help students pass basic-level classes

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A surprising number of students are failing basic-level courses at Middle Tennessee State University and similar colleges nationwide, which begs the question of how prepared the students are coming out of high school.

MTSU President Dr. Sidney McPhee is so concerned about students getting grades of Ds and Fs, along with Ws for a withdrawal, or Is for an incomplete, in those basic education courses, that he took action.

He implemented what is called the Quest for Student Success and is calling on his faculty to help make sure each student is successful.

"This is not about us compromising our academic standards. This is not about giving away grades. Students must meet the standards. What we're saying is we expect them to do their part, and rather than blaming everybody else," McPhee said.

But it starts before students ever step foot on campus. At Oakland High School, administrators start working with students early on to ensure their success in college.

"It ensures every child that walks through our doors are going to have the opportunity to be successful," said Oakland Principal Bill Spurlock.

MTSU senior Jordan Rose said she's hoping professors will embrace this new way of teaching.

"I have a class of 300, and all she does is lecture on a PowerPoint, and everyone around me is just talking. No one is paying attention. All you do in classes is just listen," Rose said.

McPhee said he presented a copy of his Quest for Student Success to the Tennessee Board of Regents, and they then decided to share it with all the other schools in the TBR system to use as a guideline of coming up with their own plans to ensure students are not failing basic-level courses.

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