Retired North Dakota prof asks: Where does need for college remedial work begin?

Grand Forks Herald, commentary, 05/16/2016

Around one-fourth of the students appearing on campuses aren’t ready for college-level work and must enroll in no-credit remedial courses, resulting in a number of consequences.

Remedial courses waste student resources because the students have to pay tuition for courses that do not count toward graduation.

When confronted with remedial coursework, students are discouraged from pursuing careers requiring a college education and are the most likely to drop out of college completely.

Remedial courses divert college faculty from teaching the courses for which they were hired.

The sad truth is that many students who need remedial courses are not aware of their deficiencies until faced with college entrance exams or other measurements used in the junior and senior years of high school.

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