ERIC Number: ED428589
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Replacing Remediation with Acceleration in Higher Education: Preliminary Report on Literature Review and Initial Interviews.
Koski, William S.; Levin, Henry M.
This paper presents preliminary findings of the five-year research project, "Accelerating the Education of Remedial Students in Higher Education," which is examining effects of current remedial courses at the postsecondary level and exploring the applicability of the "accelerated schools" concept as an alternative. This paper presents results of a literature review and interviews with researchers and practitioners. Results are organized into three areas: (1) the extent and demographics of remediation in higher education; (2) the consequences of remediation in terms of academic achievement and persistence; and (3) the delivery and content of remedial education, both traditional methods and exemplary alternatives. Among the project's preliminary findings are the following: first, although remedial courses are offered at most postsecondary institutions and about 30 percent of first-year students take some remedial coursework, there is very little reliable and comprehensive research regarding the efficacy of such coursework for student achievement and persistence; second, the methods by which remedial coursework is delivered are myriad; and, third, "successful" remedial programs exhibit certain characteristics, including a tie to content coursework and instruction, as well as an emphasis on problem-solving and critical thinking. (Contains 89 references.) (DB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Postsecondary Improvement, Stanford, CA.