The University of Wisconsin will report on high schools whose graduates require remedial courses, under a new state law, reports the Courier.
“I’ve heard from many parents who were stunned to learn that despite getting good enough grades to get into a UW system school, their kids aren’t prepared to start their college career,”said Rep. John Jagler, the bill’s author.
“My hope is that by shining a light on what schools these students attended, discussions can begin at the local and state level on finding solutions to better prepare students for higher education.”
Math is the largest barrier. Systemwide, one in five first-year UW students require remedial math, reported the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel last year.
UW is trying to “boost the percentage of freshmen who complete remedial courses in their first year of college by changing the way those courses are taught, including providing more hands-on tutoring, doing more problem-solving in class and using special computer software.”