ERIC Number: ED230118
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Remedial Education in College: The Problem of Underprepared Students.
Myers, Michael M.
Issues in Higher Education, n20 1983
The way that remediation affects the costs and the academic quality of higher education is discussed, and approaches to dealing with these problems are addressed. Recent increases in the number of underprepared students entering college have resulted in a greater need for remedial education to prepare them for college-level work. In addition to the financial burden resulting from remedial programs, academic quality may be lowered because of lowering the exit standards of a college and the value of the degree. Approaches to improve the situation may include raising admission requirements, tightening academic standards, and monitoring of remedial programs at open-door institutions. Successful remedial programs seem to use specially trained faculty who have chosen their assignment and are trained in counseling. The use of computer-managed and computer-assisted instruction in remedial programs is likely to increase in the future, and this technology has the potential to increase learning and reduce the cost of remediation. Although Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi, Georgia, and Virginia now allocate considerable resources to remedial programs, they plan to phase out funding for remedial programs to all but open-door institutions. (SW)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Admission Criteria, College Preparation, College Students, Educational Quality, Educationally Disadvantaged, High Risk Students, Higher Education, Open Enrollment, Program Costs, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Remedial Programs
Southern Regional Education Board, 1340 Spring Street, N.W., Atlanta, GA 30309.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.