New 2-year college head wants improvements

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
 New leadership of Alabama

Marie Grace Harper, front right, enjoys a moment of levity during Darton College’s fall commencement ceremonies at Cavalier Arena Thursday night.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - New leadership of Alabama's two-year
college system could mean more support to keep students in school
and expanded options for technical training.

Freida Hill, who began work as chancellor of the Alabama
Community College System last month, says she intends to implement
programs to boost retention rates and make the colleges look a
little bit more like the Georgia system where she previously

She has her work cut out for her. She says nearly half of the
students in the two-year system need remedial classes before they
are prepared for college-level work.

She says she wants to entice more students to enroll immediately
after high school, rather than returning to school later in life,
and find ways to boost retention and graduation rates.

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