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ERIC Number: ED403843
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 13
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Developmental/Remedial Education for Higher Education. Dilution of the Mission ??
Shaughnessy, Michael F.; And Others
This paper discusses the role of developmental or remedial education in higher education. Some students enroll in developmental courses because they are reentering college after many years out of a classroom. Others are recent high school graduates seeking better study skills and yet others are students lacking required course work from high school and those scoring below set criteria on standardized tests. Institutions usually do not expend much on these courses though they collect full tuition since the faculty assigned to teach developmental courses are often graduate assistants or adjunct faculty and are rarely trained in adult education. Additionally, students are frequently misplaced in these courses by ill-informed counselors. As these courses usually do not count toward graduation, enrollees cannot complete their education in a timely manner and must extend beyond the traditional 4 years. Students in these courses have been shown to score at lower intelligence levels than other students and to lack maturity. These findings suggest that many students are being encouraged to attend college before they are ready or even when not qualified. The field of developmental or remedial education is growing but questions still remain. There is concern that such education is not appropriate for higher education and that it represents a "dumbing down" of American education that will have serious future effects. (JLS)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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