Bellevue [Community College] has never claimed that its “Venture Program” is for everyone. Accredited in 2006, the first-of-its-kind associate degree program targets “high functioning” developmentally disabled students who can work at a minimum of the fourth-grade level in academic courses. According to the college’s Web site, students also “typically” have an IQ of 70 or above — a criterion that would exclude a significant swath of the cognitively disabled population.Although college isn't for everyone, college officials would like to have something that is.
I think I've discovered the academy's equivalent of the 25 mph train schedule on 110 mph track.
The college wants to maintain an accredited associate degree program, which by definition will mean that not everyone can succeed. But administrators are now discussing the possibility of offering an additional program, where students who aren’t ready for the rigors of the degree program could still get a certificate or some other validation of their efforts. Similar programs are already offered at several colleges.
“Not every student can earn that [associate] credential, and if that’s the case we need to find a way to help that [other] student progress,” Adams said.