The cost of remediation

Education Reform Now recently issued a report that estimates the out of pocket cost of remedial education for recent high school graduates and their families. The report estimates that remedial coursework during the first year of college costs upwards of $1.5 billion per year. Other findings included in the report were that underprepared college students come from families of all income levels. Even those from higher incomes spend, on average, $12,000 more for college. While much of the money is spent learning what should have been learned in high school, the overall issue of remediation is a two-way street. Just as high schools need to be more academically rigorous, colleges must also make adjustments to address the needs of developmental education students.

Source:  InsideHigherEd



Successful rates from Tennessee

Last Fall, Tennessee expanded its use of a co-requisite approach to math, writing, and reading at all of its 13 public community colleges. The Board of Regents’ latest study indicates that the approach was successful, overall, in facilitating students’ completing credit-bearing courses compared to traditional developmental education approaches four years ago. College-level course passing rates also increased for minority, adult, and low-income students. Despite the promising results, Tennessee still has much to learn about the differences in course delivery among the community colleges. Another recent research study seems to support some of the efficiency seen in Tennessee. The Community College Research Center at Columbia University’s Teachers College’s report indicated that using a co-requisite model is more cost effective than traditional remediation, and also improved student engagement.

Source:  InsideHigherEd