Remedial ed: Can it improve?

Reformers are trying to keep students out of dead-end remedial courses. Low-skilled students can’t handle college coursework without help, argues a professor.

Carnegie’s Statway is getting students out of the remedial rut: Half of Statway students earn a college math credit in a year, compared to 5.9 percent of similar students in traditional remedial courses.

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  1. Of course, “some students aren’t ready for college” is simply un-thinkable.

  2. Thinly Veiled Anonymity says:

    Dead end remedial courses have much in common with “bad” parts of town.

    It’s not actually the buildings that are the problem.

  3. Statway seems more like a cult, with tons of slogans and highly unbelievable claims of success. You can learn more about it here:

  4. Quit offering remedial coursework at colleges, offer that stuff to students who cannot meet admission standards (as a non-admitted student).

    If they can handle the coursework, and pass the needed placement exams for math and english, then admit them and they can start on a college degree.

    80% of students who need two (2) or more remedial courses at the college level never make it past the first year of college, often piling up useless debt.