My blog discusses the important and complex subjects of college completion, college success, student risk factors (for failing), college readiness, and academic preparation. I will explore the pieces of the college puzzle that heavily influence, if not determine, college success rates.
State Scholarships Can Inhibit Challenging Course Taking By Students
College preparation relies in part on students taking the right courses that include content and skills aligned with college completion
and persistence. But many state scholarship programs based on grade point averages encourage students to take easy courses where they know that they can get good grades. For example, Kentucky pays a $125 bonus for a 2.50 GPA, but $500 for a 4.o. Sources in Kentucky say this sliding scale incentive pay inhibits students for taking advanced courses with difficult content. Ky weights AP more than other courses, but not much money is involved.
States need to evaluate the impact of GPA incentives in their merit scholarship programs , as well as looking at need more carefully
Labels: academic preparation, College Completion