Who could have guessed this plan wouldn’t work? Free college programs always seem to have issues.

Go Local Prov News reports:

Head of CCRI Faculty Union Says Raimondo’s “Free College” Students Not Ready, Not Succeeding

Community College of Rhode Island Faculty Association President Steve Murray blistered Governor Gina Raimondo’s RI Promise program, after numbers were released last week by the school — and is warning that the number of returning RI Promise students reported will likely include those students who did not meet the first year requirements for free tuition.

As GoLocal was first to report last week, “Nearly 40 Percent of Raimondo’s ‘Free College’ Students at CCRI Did Not Return for 2nd Year” — and now Murray is questioning of the returning students, how many successfully met the course load and grade point average standards necessary for free tuition in year two.

“From what we have in this ‘Enrollment Update’ — 38% of the RI Promise students failed to return for year two — and of those that did return, we haven’t yet been told how many of the returnees failed to complete the first year successfully,” said Murray, “I wouldn’t call RI Promise a success or a good use of the taxpayers money.”

“I can’t imagine that of the 62% that returned that they all completed 30 credits with a 2.5 GPA. When the College finally chooses to release these numbers, I believe we will see that many RI Promise students did not successfully complete their first year,” said Murray.

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