ERIC Number: ED454939
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
High Stakes, High Performance: Making Remedial Education Work.
Roueche, John E.; Roueche, Suanne D.
The American Association of Community Colleges commissioned this study of remedial education in community colleges as a framework for describing context, generating discussion, and encouraging improvement. The study reviews current research about open-door policies, underprepared students, faculty, and remedial programs. It also argues that changing demographics, burgeoning technologies, and a faltering public education system have led to increased illiteracy, unemployment, welfare dependency, racial tensions, crime, and other social ills. The report describes the major issues surrounding remediation in community colleges and provides the following recommendations to colleges for improving current practices: (1) examine the characteristics of other institutions' successful remedial programs in the interest of adopting them; (2) employ a more collaborative effort to learn from other colleges; (3) ask the questions about your own college's performance that are being asked about others, and take appropriate action; (4) provide a holistic approach to programs for at-risk students, addressing their broad range of needs; (5) abolish voluntary placement in remedial courses; (6) create a more seamless web of collaboration with other educational institutions; and (7) strengthen this web by partnering with private businesses. Contains 61 references. (AS)
Descriptors: Access to Education, College Role, Community Colleges, Course Content, Developmental Studies Programs, High Risk Students, Illiteracy, Partnerships in Education, Program Improvement, Remedial Instruction, Student Needs, Two Year Colleges
American Association of Community Colleges, P.O. Box 311, Annapolis Junction, MD 20701 ($19 for AACE members; $24 for non-members). Tel: 800-250-6557 (Toll Free).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of Community Colleges, Washington, DC.