Tagged with remediation

The Second-Chance Club: Inside a Semester of Remedial English

Nobody wants to be here. In remedial English, earning no credit, stuck. Now—after months of commas, clauses, and four-paragraph essays—students have one last chance to write their way out. Twenty students sit at computers, poised to start the final in-class essay for English 002 at Montgomery College. Just outside Washington, this suburban community college is … Continue reading

Gates, MOOCs and Remediation

Early returns show that massive open online courses (MOOCs) work best for motivated and academically prepared students. But could high-quality MOOCs benefit a broader range of learners, like those who get tripped up by remedial classes? That’s the question the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation wants to answer with a newly announced round of 10 grants for … Continue reading

Struggling for Students’ Readiness

The majority of Texas students do not leave public schools prepared for college. Fewer than one in two students met the state’s “college readiness” standards in math and verbal skills on ACT, SAT and TAKS scores in 2010. Though average SAT scores in both verbal and math dropped between 2007 and 2010 — a trend … Continue reading

Learning Matters: Rethinking Basic Skills In Community Colleges

According to Stan Jones of Complete College America, U.S. taxpayers are spending close to $3 billion per year on supporting remedial classes at the community college level. Remedial courses — designed to help students catch up, and often taken on a non-credit basis — often aren’t successful at preparing students for their primary, credit-earning coursework. … Continue reading

The Crucial Need to Hold Students to a Higher Standard

Over the last few months, hundreds of thousands of high school seniors have walked across a stage and received a diploma, an important moment that should be applauded. Unfortunately, for many of those students, that diploma represents a false promise. Recent data from the ACT, Inc. shows that only 25 percent of high school students … Continue reading

Remediation: Higher Ed’s Bridge to Nowhere

Remediation: Higher Ed’s Bridge to Nowhere. The numbers are sobering. Not even 1 in 10 community college students who start in remediation will make it to graduation day in three years. Just over a third of remedial students at 4-year schools will graduate in six years. We can and must do better. See the most comprehensive data ever … Continue reading

Remedial College Classes Need Fixing

Each year, an estimated 1.7 million U.S. college students are steered to remedial classes to catch them up and prepare them for regular coursework. But a growing body of research shows the courses are eating up time and money, often leading not to degrees but student loan hangovers. The expense of remedial courses, which typically … Continue reading