Learning Matters: Rethinking Basic Skills In Community Colleges (2012)

According to Stan Jones of Complete College America, U.S. taxpayers are spending close to $3 billion per year on supporting remedial classes at the community college level. Remedial courses — designed to help students catch up, and often taken on a non-credit basis — often aren’t successful at preparing students for their primary, credit-earning coursework.

At the same time, though, the presence of remedial classes is often a cash cow for the colleges; the courses can end up providing funding to other areas.

What can be done to improve the situation? Producer John Tulenko traveled to two community colleges in Maryland that are taking different approaches to the problem.

Via You Tube.

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2 Responses to “Learning Matters: Rethinking Basic Skills In Community Colleges (2012)”

  1. Jeff Waller Says:

    American workers spend an average of $1100 a year on coffee (http://consumerist.com/2012/01/most-american-workers-spend-more-than-1000year-on-coffee.html). Considering that there are 140 million American workers (http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/empsit.pdf), that works out to over $150 billion a year spent on coffee in America. I think our students are worth at the very least one-fiftieth of what we spend on coffee, yes?

    And this talk of a “cash cow”. Good lord. We have had to cut so many sections of courses out, it is silly. If we didn’t HAVE to have remedial courses (which DO improve retention and success rates for the students who need to take them), then we could actually offer more of the other courses and get more students through our system. Anyone who thinks teachers are greedy is an idiot. You don’t go into teaching for the money.

  2. Leticia Garza Says:

    The remedial class meeting with the students, right after the English 101 course is a great idea! This sounds like the Learning Communities that are already in place. I would say this is something developmental students need!


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