ERIC Number: ED416940
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Effective Policies for Remedial Education. ERIC Digest.
This digest reviews the role of community colleges in delivering remedial education. With demand for remediation increasing, community colleges are under pressure to provide, with very limited financial resources, the bulk of developmental courses for students. In finding effective solutions to this dilemma, policy makers should consider a broad base of information, including student demographics, characteristics of successful programs, and program assessments. This information, coupled with data on student age and ethnicity, extent of necessary remediation, and English as a Second Language needs can guide policy makers in allocating funds where they are most needed. Proactive strategies community colleges can take to help developmental students include foregoing the lenient, open-door policy for a more structured one that enforces prerequisites and mandatory courses. Collaborative partnerships between community colleges and their feeder high schools have also proven effective in reducing costs and lessening the need for postsecondary remediation costs. (YKH)
Descriptors: Basic Skills, Community Colleges, Developmental Studies Programs, Educational Policy, Educational Research, English (Second Language), Financial Needs, Government School Relationship, High Risk Students, Higher Education, Partnerships in Education, Program Costs, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Remedial Instruction, Remedial Programs, School Role, Student Characteristics, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse for Community Colleges, Los Angeles, CA.