Franklin Journal advances UMS release about free course initiative featuring UMM student

The Franklin Journal shared a University of Maine System media release about its free course initiative that features a University of Maine at Machias student. UMS will offer a free college course to promising first-year students who failed a class during their first semester. Chancellor Dannel Malloy introduced the initiative, known as the Make the Grade Student Success Initiative, in December of 2019 as a pilot project to support students struggling to make the transition from high school to college. Kaylee Weston, a UMM sophomore from Machias, “made the grade” in college algebra and the Dean’s List last spring after struggling with the course as a new college student in the fall 2019 semester. “The Make the Grade offer made a big difference for me,” she said. “After falling short in my first semester of college algebra I was able to get extra help and worked with a tutor to pass the class and make the Dean’s list in the spring.”