Monday, July 17, 2017

Remedial courses can help or hinder students

This study examines the impact of remedial and developmental courses on college students at both 2- and 4-year colleges with varying levels of academic preparedness, thus focusing on a wider range of students than previous studies.

Similar to other research, the authors find that remediation has negative effects for students on the margin of needing one developmental course. However, for students with lower levels of academic preparation, the effects of remediation are estimated to be positive in some subjects. These conclusions are largely driven by positive and negative effects observed for students at 2-year institutions.

These results suggest that remedial courses can help or hinder students differently depending on their incoming levels of academic preparedness.

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