Remedial Reform

Remedial Reform

Topic

Remedial courses are ineffective and a threat to racial equity.

Research in the past decade has demonstrated that remedial courses are ineffective, and because Black and Latinx students are disproportionally placed in these remedial courses, they perpetuate racial inequities in higher education. Remedial courses actually hinder degree completion: just over 30 percent of community college students placed in remedial courses completed a degree, certificate, or transfer in six years, compared to 70 percent of students placed directly in college-level courses. At the California State University, fewer than half of students assigned to remedial courses graduated in six years. And yet, almost 90 percent of Black and Latinx students were enrolled in at least one remedial course across California Community College campuses (CCC) in 2009 and about 60 percent of Black and 50 percent of Latinx students were enrolled in at least one remedial course across the California State University (CSU) system in 2017.

Feb 23, 2021 Diana Boesch, Robin Bleiweis, Areeba Haider

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