Embracing Academic Success
has presented a few challenges for Evan Marchman, who is
GPA from his first attempt at college as an 18-year-old is not one
past" behind him, thanks to MCC's Fresh Start policy.
enrolled at the college and not done well, to establish a new
academic record when they come back," explained Clea Andreadis,
Associate Provost of Instruction and Assessment. "It's all about
promoting student success and acknowledging that people can
grow and change."
successfully complete at least 12 credits with a grade of "C" or
better in each subsequent course, to apply. If qualified, their
previous grades can be removed from their GPA.
out when they enrolled the first time," said Andreadis. "Most of
them are older students and they tell me the same things: `I was
young and immature. I didn't take college seriously.' "
explained Andreadis, in 2011 the Provost's Office revamped and
formalized the policy and began to promote it more.
policies really work," said Andreadis. "If we can give our returning
students this goal if you come back and do well, we'll wipe out
all those past grades it's a big motivator."
from Dracut High School in 2003, he enrolled at Middlesex, but
didn't apply himself. "I was young and didn't really know what I
wanted to do," he said. "So, I lost interest and failed all my classes."
was hired as a pharmacy technician for the Department of Veterans
Affairs, which has helped him zero in on a career in science.
up at the VA, but have gone about as far as I can go without a de-
gree," he said. "I've always liked chemistry, so it was just a matter
of finding the right niche." The Dracut resident is now enrolled in
MCC's Life Sciences Program.
even higher, now that he has reduced his course load to three
courses per semester. He hopes to graduate in 2015.
That's not something everybody knows," he said.
Associate Provost, Instruction & Assessment