Remedial needs fall, then level off

First Year Undergraduate Remedial Course Taking declined significantly from 1999–2000, but rose slightly from 2003–04 to 2007–08, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

At two-year public colleges, 30.4 percent of first-year students report taking remedial courses in 1999-2000. That fell to 23.4 percent in 2003-04 and ticked up to 24 percent in 2007-08.

Percent of 1st-Year Undergraduates Reporting Remedial Coursetaking, by Institution Type

Institution Type 1999-2000 2003-4 2007-8
All institutions 26.3% 19.3% 20.4%
Public 4-year 25.0 18.2 21.0
Public 2-year 30.4 23.4 24.0
Private 4-year 16.2 13.3 15.1
For-profit 2-year or more 16.2 11.4 11.0
Very selective 13.3 11.7 12.8
Moderately selective 22.0 17.0 18.8
Open admissions 37.1 19.2 25.6

The report relied on self-reporting by students not transcripts, notes Inside Higher Ed.

The proportion of students in developmental courses declined from 1999-2000 to 2007-8 for every type of institution and student trait, with the biggest drops seen for for-profit and public two-year institutions, students in certificate programs, Asian/Pacific Islander and Hispanic students, and students in their mid-20s and older.

Students often don’t realize they’re in developmental courses, other research has shown. And those who drop out quickly aren’t around to be surveyed.

POSTED BY Joanne Jacobs ON January 8, 2013

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