Ohio cuts funds for university remediation

Cash-strapped Ohio will stop funding remediation at four-year universities beginning in the 2014-2015 academic year, notes the Hechinger Report.

At least 13 other states, including Florida, Missouri and South Carolina, have tried to slow the spiral of spending on remedial education, typically by restricting funding to colleges and universities that provide a lot of it.

But some experts worry that this shift will discriminate against students from low-performing high schools in poor areas, pushing more students away from universities and into already-overburdened community colleges.

Universities may partner with community colleges to give their students access to remedial courses. Wright State University in Dayton, where half of new students need one or more remedial courses, is working with nearby community colleges to develop a remedial-education curriculum.

POSTED BY Joanne Jacobs ON January 4, 2012

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