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ERIC Number: ED407685
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-May
Pages: 5
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0897-263X
Survey of Remedial Education in Higher Education More Relevant to Politics Than to Teaching and Curriculum.
McCleary, Bill
Composition Chronicle: Newsletter for Writing Teachers, v10 n4 p1-3,7 May 1997
This article reports on the survey "Remedial Education at Higher Education Institutions in Fall 1995," which was conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics. It is suggested that administrators and practitioners who deal with basic writing and other remedial programs will learn little about the nature of remedial efforts from the survey. The article finds that the survey seems to be intended to be used for state and national political decision making rather than for educational purposes. According to the article, flaws in the survey include no definition of remedial courses, such as, for example, students scoring below a particular number on an entrance exam--instead, remedial courses were defined as "courses in reading, writing, or mathematics for college students lacking those skills necessary to perform college-level work." The article points out that the survey's overall finding was that 71% of institutions offered remedial writing courses, but that this ranged from 99% of public 2-year colleges down to 52% of private 4-year institutions. The article suggests that these findings could be significant for legislators in states which are thinking of ending remedial courses in 4-year public colleges and universities--publicly stated purposes are to force remedial students into community colleges where remediation is less expensive. The article also considers some of the other statistics on remedial writing outlined in the survey. (NKA)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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