When a “C” isn’t good enough

This Inside Higher Ed article examines student achievement in foundational courses and later success in college.  A “C” in beginning courses may be a serious warning sign.  A new study at the University of Arizona examined the course taking patterns of students.  They found that students earning A’s and B’s in first-year composition courses had a 67 percent chance of graduating, but for those earning a “C” in the course this percentage dropped to just 48%.  Earning a “C” or better in this course had previously been considered to be a good predictor of student success, as 81 percent of students persisted to the next semester in school.  A closer examination of the data revealed the significant disparity in graduation rates for those earning a “C.”