Academic journal article Journal of Developmental Education

College Remediation Found Cost Effective

Academic journal article Journal of Developmental Education

College Remediation Found Cost Effective

Article excerpt

A recent report by The Institute for Higher Education Policy addresses several arguments raised recently in opposition to college and university remedial programs. For example, the report points out that costs to deliver remedial education are much lower than projected by some opponents of the programs, such as the City University of New York, and that the programs serve a large percentage of returning rather than traditional students.

Other significant findings included that remedial education has demonstrated little to no expansion from 1989 to 1995. Authors also reported that the vast majority of remedial students were not recent high school graduates: They found close to 50% of those enrolled were over 22 and more than 25% were over 30 years old. The expense of providing remedial education was relatively modest when compared to other higher education programs which employ more full-time professors and use more expensive equipment and technology. The study found funds spent on remediation account for less than 1% of the public institution budget and 2% of the total expenditures on higher education. …

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