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ERIC Number: ED536825
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Apr
Pages: 108
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Remediation: Higher Education's Bridge to Nowhere
Complete College America
The intentions were noble. It was hoped that remediation programs would be an academic bridge from poor high school preparation to college readiness. Sadly, remediation has become instead higher education's "Bridge to Nowhere." This broken remedial bridge is travelled by some 1.7 million beginning students each year, most of whom will not reach their destination--graduation. It is estimated that states and students spent more than $3 billion on remedial courses last year with very little student success to show for it. While more students must be adequately prepared for college, this current remediation system is broken. Remediation is a classic case of system failure: (1) Too many students start in remediation; (2) Remediation doesn't work; (3) Too few complete gateway courses; and (4) Too few graduate. Four steps states should take right now to close remediation exit ramps: (1) Strengthen high school preparation; (2) Start students in college-level courses with built-in, co-requisite support; (3) Embed needed academic help in multiple gateway courses; and (4) Encourage students to enter programs of study when they first enroll. The data presented in this report were provided by the 33 participating states themselves, using the Complete College America/National Governors Association Common Completion Metrics. National findings in each category were based on the calculated medians of the state data. (Contains 3 footnotes.)
Complete College America. 1250 H Street NW Suite 850, Washington, DC 20005. Tel: 202-349-4148; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Carnegie Corporation of New York; Lumina Foundation for Education
Authoring Institution: Complete College America
What Works Clearinghouse Reviewed: Does Not Meet Evidence Standards
IES Cited: ED546776