Anything Goes U

What do you when you don’t get into college and don’t want to disappoint Mom and Dad? In Accepted, a new movie, rejects band together to create their own do-your-own-thing university. Inside Higher Ed says helicopter parents are the prime target.

Most community college students must take basic skills classes before moving on to college-level courses, observes a Carnegie report. According to the American Association of Community Colleges, up to 80 percent of new community college students are placed in remedial English and math classes.

Facing a long series of “catch-up” courses, only a small percentage of these students ever make it to college-level work and thus to the opportunities that come with higher education.

Teaching reading, writing and ‘rithmetic in grade school and high school is the only solution, says Carnegie, though not so clearly.

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