- 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.
and ensure that current placement measures do not perpetuate inequities in college outcomes.
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/.