• Remedial Education - Current State

    Remedial Education - Current State

Nearly half of full-time freshman who enroll in an Illinois community college are placed in a remedial education course in at least one subject.1 These courses cost thousands of dollars in tuition and fees but don’t count as credit toward a degree. Few remedial students will ever enroll in, let alone complete, their introductory (gateway) courses in Math and English, and in Illinois only 17% will graduate.2 To keep students on track to on-time completion, we must scale remedial reform efforts, such as through the statewide implementation of co-requisite models, and offer coordinated, comprehensive support programs for students who need them.
  • For many students placed in remedial coursework, remediation will be their first and last college experience.
  • Due in part to high-stakes placement exams, high ACT/SAT cut-off scores, and other often arbitrary or highly varied remedial education placement measures, a high proportion of students placed into remedial courses are low-income, first generation, African-American, and Latino.3
  • Students placed in a remedial education course are 74% more likely to drop out of college.4

  • Those who do graduate take 11 months longer than non-remedial students, incurring additional living expenses and institutional fees, and delaying earnings.

 

To keep students on track to on-time degree completion, we must implement and scale co-requisite remediation models across the state
and ensure that current placement measures do not perpetuate inequities in college outcomes.

Remedial Education Fact Sheet

 


1  Illinois State Board of Education. Nearly Half of Illinois High School Graduates Enrolled in State Community Colleges Require Remediation, December 17, 2015.
2  Spanning the Divide, Complete College America, available at http://completecollege.org/spanningthedivide/.
3  Women Employed, Fourth Year Sophomore? available at https://womenemployed.org/sites/default/files/resources/Fourth%20Year%20Sophomores.pdf.
4  Spanning the Divide, Complete College America, available at http://completecollege.org/spanningthedivide/.

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