ERIC Number: EJ945549
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Reference Count: 29
Beyond Remedial Dichotomies: Are "Underprepared" College Students a Marginalized Majority?
New Directions for Community Colleges, n155 p59-71 Fall 2011
This article questions the dichotomous labeling and conceptualization of remedial and nonremedial students, particularly the added distinctions emphasized between four-year and two-year colleges, and it calls for a focus on the common challenges among all underprepared college students. The content of this article has attempted to broaden the discussion of remediation in key ways by moving beyond a discussion of community college remedial students to address the larger population of two-year and four-year students who begin college at the margins of "college-level" readiness. In creating an artificial dividing line between remedial and nonremedial students, the broad scope of the issue of underpreparedness becomes truncated, and debates become narrowly focused on differences between remedial and nonremedial course taking, and the context of these debates narrowly focuses on community colleges rather than including broad access universities that are also enrolling huge populations of underprepared students.
Descriptors: College Students, Community Colleges, Statistical Analysis, Remedial Instruction, College Preparation, Access to Education, Higher Education, Intervention, Enrollment, Labeling (of Persons), Disadvantaged
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
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