ERIC Number: ED262742
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Many College Freshmen Take Remedial Courses.
Wright, Douglas A.
The enrollment of college freshmen in remedial courses was studied by the National Center for Education Statistics through its Fast Response Survey System. Also assessed were types of remedial support services, type of credit and requirement status, program evaluation and retention, and remedial course offerings. In 1983-1984, 25 percent of all college freshmen took one or more courses in remedial mathematics, 21 percent took remedial writing, and 16 percent took remedial reading. At least one course in math, reading, or writing was offered by 82 percent of schools. More offered remedial courses in writing and math than in reading. Overall, public, two-year, and open admission colleges were more likely to offer remedial courses than other colleges. Twenty-seven percent of freshmen enrolled in remedial courses at public colleges, compared to 15 percent at private colleges. At two-year colleges, 28 percent of freshmen enrolled, compared to 19 percent at four-year colleges. Ninety percent of institutions offered remedial support services such as diagnosis, learning assistance labs, tutoring, and counseling. About 70 percent of schools did not award credit for any remedial courses. Most schools offering remedial programs required students not meeting institutional standards to take remedial courses. (SW)
Descriptors: Academic Advising, Admission Criteria, College Freshmen, Credit Courses, Educational Diagnosis, Enrollment Trends, High Risk Students, Higher Education, Learning Laboratories, Noncredit Courses, Private Colleges, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Remedial Instruction, Remedial Mathematics, Remedial Reading, State Colleges, Tutoring, Two Year Colleges, Writing Instruction
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.