With a large percentage of community college students needing remedial coursework, educators and policymakers are questioning the causes and solutions to this problem. Gather insight into the issue and how students can better prepare for community college coursework.
In the last decade, community colleges have certainly overcome its wrongful stereotype
grade,” providing invaluable education and training to millions of successful graduates
. However, with 20% to 60% of today’s community college students needing remedial coursework, could the stereotype be reinforced once again?
Shocking numbers of community college students need remedial coursework
According to Michigan’s Detroit Free Press
, experts estimate that about 20% of students at four-year colleges and universities across the nation need remedial coursework of some kind. But at community colleges, “it has been estimated that 60% of first-time students need at least one remedial course.”
Remedial coursework is costly for states and for students
The education research and advocacy group Alliance for Education
estimated in 2006 that remedial education at community colleges and four-year universities costs taxpayers and students $1.4 billion per year.
Detroit Free Press reports that in the state of Michigan alone, more than $28 million is spent each year on remediation courses at just the community college level.
Students who require remedial coursework more likely to drop out
The Alliance for Education also estimated that the United States economy loses more than $2.3 billion every year due to the higher college dropout rate of students who require remedial reading coursework. An individual who drops out of college has a significantly reduced lifetime expected earning potential.
High school curriculum inadequate preparation
An inadequate high school curriculum is likely one of the main reasons that large numbers of students who enter community college are unprepared for