Academic journal article Journal of Developmental Education

Changes in Kentucky's Admission Standards to Impact Developmental Education

Academic journal article Journal of Developmental Education

Changes in Kentucky's Admission Standards to Impact Developmental Education

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According to an AP release in Community College Week, "tougher admission regulations at Kentucky colleges are expected to sharply increase the number of students needing remedial reading and mam next year" (p. 3). The article cites a CourierJournal "Ky's new admissions rules will increase need for remedial courses" as saying the biggest impact will be on community colleges (p.3). Officials estimate between 17,400 and 20,000 new students will need remedial courses before they can enroll in courses tliat count toward a degree. This represents a 30% increase over the 13,300 first-time students who took remedial classes last fall at community colleges.

Jay Box, chancellor of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, said the network of colleges will need 50 new faculty members, at a cost of between $3 million and $4 million in salaries and benefits. Box indicated, "I don't think it is unrealistic that we should be expecting additional resources to address these issues" (p. 3). A similar increase is apparent for the state's 4-year universities.

The new regulation requires students to score at least a 19 in math, 20 in reading, and 18 in English on the ACT college-entrance exam to be guaranteed enrollment in credit courses compared to previous cut-scores of at least 18 on the ACT in all three areas to gain admission to college-credit courses. …

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