Ohio’s state universities will require new students to take most remedial classes at community colleges, reports the Dayton Daily News. The move will affect nearly 40 percent of first-year students.
“We want every credit they take here to count towards a degree,” said Thomas Sudkamp, Wright State University associate provost for undergraduate studies. “The hope is the students will get the message early. It is for their benefit.”
Advocates say students — and taxpayers — will save money. But critics say some students will give up on a college degree.
“A lot of the students who need remediation are the same students who have already been marginalized by the system because they attended the worst high schools and are the least prepared,” said Tara L. Parker, a University of Massachusetts professor who studies developmental education. “There is no evidence community colleges do remedial courses any better or cheaper.”
Community colleges have developed expertise in teaching developmental courses, said Helen Grove, Sinclair Community College provost. “I think we are better prepared to individualize students’ learning experiences and get them through more quickly.”
The Ohio Board of Regents hopes to push remediation into high school by developing a college readiness assessment for 1oth graders and defining what it means for a student to be “remediation free.”
At Wright State, 60 percent of students need remedial help, usually in math. Next year, most will dual-enroll in WSU and Clark State Community College or Sinclair Community College.
By 2017, the state no longer will pay for developmental courses at most university main campuses.