ERIC Number: EJ1070707
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Reference Count: N/A
Turning the Page: Addressing the Challenge of Remediation
Methvin, Patrick; Markham, Paul N.
Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, v47 n4 p50-56 2015
A startling number of students arrive at the doors of colleges and universities lacking the essential skills and knowledge required to succeed there. If given the proper tools and supports, the great majority of these students would be able to achieve their goals in and outside of the classroom. But most of them are shuttled off to developmental or remedial education, which is often unconnected to both the mainstream college experience and their career aspirations. This ongoing challenge motivated the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to invest $90 million over the past seven years in institutions and other partners that are working to improve outcomes for students in need of additional support. Conversations with their partners have led them to focus on four essential elements of developmental-education redesign that they believe will enable success for students placed into remedial classes: (1) Alignment of high schools and colleges and helping students bridge the gab between them; (2) Student assessment, academic planning, and course placement; (3) Mastery of foundational skills for college success; and (4) Advising redesign that focuses on rigorous progress monitoring, feedback, and supports. Case studies are presented herein that highlight some promising work being done in each of these areas to help students persist and complete their programs of study.
Descriptors: Remedial Programs, Developmental Programs, Academic Support Services, Alignment (Education), College School Cooperation, High Schools, Program Improvement, College Readiness, Student Evaluation, Student Placement, Basic Skills, Progress Monitoring, Feedback (Response), Integrated Activities, Case Studies, Educational Practices, Educational Strategies, Change Strategies
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; High Schools; Secondary Education
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