May 3, 2012 7:12 PM by Erin Steuber
In an effort to boost admission standards at UL Lafayette the university is no longer accepting students who need remedial classes. That means starting this fall, freshman who need extra help, must go to another college first. University officials say enrollment numbers will drop but they are not worried.
Starting in August students who need remedial classes will no longer be allowed at UL.
"It'll be a change for us because up to now we've been able to take students who need one remedial course," said Carolyn Bruder, Provost and VP of Academic Affairs.
Less students means less tuition money coming in intially. They estimate about 600 to 800 less students will be enrolling. But officials say they aren't concerned about the effects long-term.
"You end up drawing the same numbers of students, but better prepared students," said Bruder. "So we'll probably go through that same pattern of enrollment, decline and then increase. It happened in 2000 when we implemented admissions criteria."
The university expects to see a smaller incoming class, but believes better-prepared students will benefit the university as a whole.
"We're looking forward to having a stronger student body," said Bruder. "I think the students who do enroll here will have a better experience because they will be challenged by stronger students sitting next to them in class."
Professors we spoke with are concerned, worrying more about transition from another college into UL following the remedial classes.
"I'll miss the English 90 classes because you often see students progressing more quickly, and discovering talents and abilities they didn't know they had then you do in other classes," said English Professor James McDonald.
These changes were put into place by the Board of Regents so that universities could raise their tuition, and have more control over their own institutions. This year's summer students will be the last class who can enroll in remedial classes before they're cut.