ERIC Number: ED467850
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002
Retaining Underprepared Students Enrolled in Remedial Courses at the Community College.
Young, Kristine M.
According to 1995 data collected by the National Center for Educational Statistics, first-year students at public community colleges were twice as likely to be enrolled in a remedial education course than their public four-year counterparts. Ninety-five percent of community colleges offer remedial instruction, yet critics of the community college challenge the legitimacy of an institution of higher education that provides less than postsecondary-level instruction. Proponents of remedial instruction in the community college argue that continued or increased neglect of remedial education could lead to significant economic troubles for the United States. According to research conducted at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio, cohorts of developmental students were found to be more likely to remain in college than students who needed no remediation. McCabe (2000) found that remediated students pass 88% of college level English classes and 82% of mathematics classes. This paper argues that the first aspect of retention of remedial students that must be considered is the approach to teaching and learning that yields high student persistence. A second key feature appears to be mandatory assessment and placement of remedial students. Active institutional outreach is the third component of a complete developmental/remedial education program. (Contains 28 references.) (NB)
Descriptors: Basic Skills, Basic Writing, Community Colleges, Developmental Studies Programs, Mathematics, Remedial Instruction, Remedial Mathematics, Remedial Programs, School Effectiveness, School Holding Power, Two Year Colleges, Writing (Composition), Writing Instruction, Writing Laboratories, Writing Skills
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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