VIA Inside Higher Ed: The End of Remediation?

Whether you think the idea is brilliant or foolhardy, the Connecticut state legislature is considering abolishing remediation courses from the state entirely, and moving to a model where students with additional needs receive “embedded remedial support” in their credit-bearing courses.  The idea, of course, is to get the state out of the business of paying for underprepared students’ high-school years a second or third time.  Interestingly, there is some evidence that this approach has worked, but never at the scale proposed by this initiative.  Here’s a sample of the article:

Hunter Boylan, director of the National Center for Developmental Learning, said there are at least four models of embedded remedial education that show promise. For example, he cites a program in Washington state, dubbed Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training, that pairs workforce training with adult basic education and literacy courses. But that smattering of pilot programs, which includes increased student support services, are not imposed on all of the state’s colleges.

Embedded remedial courses need more “field testing,” Boylan said. “I don’t think it’s been thoroughly researched enough for an entire state to put it into practice.”

Read more:
Inside Higher Ed
I don’t know if this approach will work, but it’s pretty clear that the success rates of students in remediation are pretty dismal.  So who thinks this might be a promising approach?

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