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ERIC Number: ED539711
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Nov
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Rethinking Remedial Education: The Role of MSIs in Serving Under-Prepared Students in the 21st Century
Bustillos, Leticia Tomas
Institute for Higher Education Policy
The purpose of this brief, the third in a series released by the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP), is twofold: (1) To describe the emerging themes from the Lumina MSI-Models of Success initiative, and (2) to examine the context of remedial education and the discourse centered on the policy, practice, and role of postsecondary settings to address underprepared students. Missing from this discourse to date is the prominent role Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs) play in preparing students for college-level coursework and the extent to which MSIs' distinctive institutional cultures stimulate student success inside and outside the classroom. This brief highlights promising practices and strategies in remedial education across postsecondary settings and those specifically implemented by MSIs. Although the majority of innovations in remedial education seem to be directed toward the community college setting, this brief illustrates efforts implemented by MSI grantee institutions at both two- and four-year colleges. It also articulates the potential of these innovations in remedial education to ensure access, sustain persistence, and facilitate successful outcomes, all of which will yield increased degree attainment for a significant proportion of students. (Contains 1 figure and 26 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Institute for Higher Education Policy