Rhode Island: 63% need remediation

On Community College Spotlight: Despite higher academic standards, 63 percent of high school graduates need remedial classes at Community College of Rhode Island.

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  1. Those who apply and are accepted to most colleges are more capable. Those who understand they are less capable or who plan on a remedial track aren’t going to apply to StateU – they’re going to apply to the local CC. We may just have a selection bias here, nothing particularly notable.

  2. I have to agree with Curmdugeon. Statistics can be misleading. The local community college and the university with less stringent entrance requirements are going to take the brunt of the unprepared students and this is going to stack the numbers.

    To have a true understanding of the numbers you would need to know what the total of number of students going to college is compared to the ones that actually need remediation. The number is probably much smaller than 63%.

    The unfortunate thing is that these community colleges and universities taking on the less prepared students have a bigger challenge in educating their student body but are not necessarily given the resources or credit.

  3. Should remediation be kicked back to the adult ed department of the local school system?  Something else?

  4. I love the line “The unfortunate thing is that these community colleges and universities taking on the less prepared students have a bigger challenge in educating their student body but are not necessarily given the resources or credit.”

    Really? I would look at it from the other side … if you can’t afford to deal with them, don’t accept them or their tuition. There’s plenty of people wanting a college education who can’t afford the tuition of a “real” school or who are working part time and for them, CC is an excellent choice and a great education. If they’re not ready, say so. Maybe, the CC can make a little money with “college prep” for adults.