Some remedial classes in jeopardy at Pima

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- Fundamental changes could soon be on the way for the curriculum at Pima Community College.

A proposal could really change the school's relationship with the whole Tucson community.

Things didn't start out so friendly at Pima Community College today during a meeting outlining potential cuts to PCC's Developmental Education program which allows people without a high diploma or GED a pathway to college.

"We were very disappointed," said former Pima Community College employee Carol A. Gorsuch.

"I think there's still a lot of misunderstanding about the program, which is why we're having these forums," said governing board member Scott Stewart.

Severe budget constraints have put Pima College in a pinch. To ease the pain administrators want to revamp or cut Developmental Education, which in their opinion hasn't worked out.

"Since money is tight we can't just waste money running people through the same courses over and over again," said Stewart.

And the money could be used to fund other programs.

"To do that is a waste money that could go other programs, our occupational programs where people get jobs right away and contribute to the local economy," said Stewart.

Opponents however insist Developmental Ed does work, depending on how you look at it.

"Not everyone is coming for a degree, so don't use just only a degree as the only measure of student success," said Gorsuch.

Advocates for the program say the board is not doing their due diligence on the matter.

"I think it's just cherry picking the data," said Gorsuch.

"If you don't know a noun or a verb or how to form a sentence, you're never gonna be able to do a paragraph or an essay or term paper. It's just not gonna happen," said Stewart.

The next forum is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 23, at 5:30 P.M. at PCC’s East Campus, 8181 E. Irvington Road.