ERIC Number: ED429525
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Dec-1
College Remediation: What It Is, What It Costs, What's At Stake.
This examination of remedial instruction in institutions of higher education provides an analysis of the functions and purposes of remediation; a discussion of the types of remediation, who participates, and how well it serves them; an examination of the financial costs of remediation; an appraisal of the economic and social consequences of not providing remedial education; and a proposed set of strategies designed to reduce the need for remediation while enhancing its effectiveness. Among the report's conclusions are the following: (1) remediation is a core function of higher education; (2) there are no consistent standards about what constitutes "college-level" work; (3) because remedial instruction is stigmatized, the amount of remediation occurring in colleges is probably understated; (4) there is no evidence that remediation is expanding in size or scope; (5) the financial costs of remediation are modest and generally comparable to or lower than the costs of other academic programs; (6) the financial or academic merits of "outsourcing" remediation to private vendors are not readily apparent; and (7) the social and economic consequences of not providing remedial education are high. Recommended strategies are grouped into those designed to reduce the need for remediation and those designed to improve its effectiveness. (Contains 38 references.) (DB)
Descriptors: Cost Effectiveness, Developmental Studies Programs, High Risk Students, Higher Education, Intervention, Postsecondary Education, Program Costs, Remedial Instruction
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Institute for Higher Education Policy, Washington, DC.