Tighter Admissions Rules Trim Remedial Classes in College

By Williams, Dave | The Florida Times Union, January 10, 2001 | Go to article overview

Tighter Admissions Rules Trim Remedial Classes in College


Williams, Dave, The Florida Times Union


ATLANTA -- More Georgia high school students are taking college preparatory courses since the state university system began to tighten admissions standards five years ago, while fewer high school graduates are requiring remedial instruction in college.

But the system still has a long way to go to accomplish its goal of eliminating remedial courses at Georgia's four-year public colleges and universities, particularly Savannah State University and two other historically black colleges, which have the system's highest percentage of remedial students.

Ninety-one percent of the "traditional" freshmen entering the university system last fall had completed the required college-prep courses, up from 76 percent in the fall of 1995, the year before the new standards began to be phased in, a system vice chancellor told the Board of Regents yesterday.

Traditional freshmen are defined as those entering college who have graduated from high school during the previous five years.

At the same time, the percentage of incoming freshmen requiring remedial instruction fell from 27 percent to 16 percent. But with the new standards due to be fully in effect starting this fall, that's well short of the board's goal of cutting the number of remedial students by 5 percent per year.

Albany State University had 52.1 percent of its incoming freshmen enrolled in remedial courses last fall, the highest percentage among the system's four-year schools. Savannah State was next, with 42.8 percent needing remedial instruction, followed by Fort Valley State at 30.4 percent. …

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