ERIC Number: ED447884
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
Institutional Policies and Practices in Remedial Education: A National Study of Community Colleges.
The American Association of Community Colleges conducted a study that examined policies, practices, and trends of remedial education in community colleges. The study was designed to gather detailed information on remedial education in community colleges at a national level. Over 400 institutions returned survey instruments and the analysis of the surveys provided empirical answers to questions where anecdotal answers existed previously. Results from the study indicate that most students take fewer remedial courses than myth indicates, community colleges use available technology to aid students in remedial education, and institutions mandate the majority of policies on remedial education currently in place. Nearly half (45%) of the institutions in this survey contracted remedial education to business and industry, with 61% using collaborative efforts between the employer and institution to create the curricula. Although the issue of contract training was not examined in great detail, the results help to disprove the myth that all students taking remedial courses are "straight out of high school." The percentage of institutions using computers in remedial courses was high with more than 80% of institutions either sometimes or frequently using computers in most courses. This supports the assumption that community colleges are using the technology available to better aid their students. (VWC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of Community and Junior Colleges, Washington, DC.