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Deborah C

Mervelle,

It is a highly concerning situation. Undoubtedly there is a growing number of students requiring developmental courses. I continually ask this question: 'Why do we allow academically underprepared students to graduate'? It is a recipe for failure.

Lisa Ransdell

Great report on the report, excellent conclusion at the end. I also really appreciate the comments of some others here. I agree with Brian that schools may be overselling the idea of college, which is ironic given that college was undersold to many in the past. Does every job in the U.S. really require a college degree? Is Bill Gates correct to call for 80% of high school grads to graduate from college by 2050? I think not, in both cases.

I believe that any student with genuine interest who can demonstrate readiness should have the chance to attend college. Let's get rid of tracking and deciding who is college material based on their background. Let's also promote and help support postsecondary education for all in a variety of forms: trade and technical schools, certificate programs, apprenticeships, college -- all of it.

Let's also improve the calibre of secondary education, so those who do aspire to attend college are truly ready when they get there. I am personally intrigued by much of what is suggested in the film Waiting For Superman, although I am not convinced that such an approach is feasible for the entire public school system -- although excellent teachers (and all it takes to cultivate them) is a bottom line.

Thanks for sharing this report. I blog about higher education from my perspective as a faculty member, former administrator, and current day independent college planner: www.pinnaclecollegeplanning.com. Much of my stuff is targeted to clients and prospective clients, but I occasionally touch on policy issues. Appreciating your blog!

Mervelle Sage

Interesting article. Remedial classes certainly seem to be the trend in higher education today. This should not be though. High school students in thier senior year should be exposed to college writing, reading , and math. Courses should be available to adequately prepare them for college. Now many high schools already offer such courses, but are all students taking advantage of them? Are the guidance counselors showing all the available options afforded to their students and making them aware of what to expect?

Krista R

Your final comment "we have to stop trying to fit the student into the existing box and start trying to remake the box to fit the student" is exactly what higher education should attempt to do. Shaping our future learning environment to the student will help attainment and graduation greatly. With the raising costs of degrees, now more than ever, students are looking more critically at where they are going to invest their money.

Deborah C

This is an interesting article. Several of the headings caught my attention. For instance:
“Remedial classes have become the Bermuda Triangle of higher education. Most students are lost, and few will ever be seen on graduation day” and “Students are wasting time on excess credits” caught my interest. Looking at the slide 12 in Complete College America I agree the credits cited for the Certificate, Associate and Bachelor’s Degree programs (68.5 and 85.5, 136.5 credits respectively) are really high. Are the extra credits general education courses?

I also agree that students should be underprepared college students should be introduced to 100 level college courses from the first day to start them earning credits. I think however that students can still take the college prep math and English concurrently. A solid academic advisement program should be provided and efforts should be made to have students feel engaged with faculty and affiliated with the academic institution from the first day.

I may have missed it in the presentation, but do you think that creating a learning community where all faculty members who teach underprepared college students are able to communicate on the students’ progress helps? Was this found to be one of the factors for success by the states in this research study? The number of college underprepared students is way too high and we need to really find a way to not have our students disappear in an abyss.

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Brian, act sat test prep guy

In my opinion, many high schools promote college as a must-do option for all students. There are great opportunities for many students in manual trades, along with the fact that they don't have to accumulate a huge amount of student loan debt.

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