Some states phasing out funding for remedial courses

Our friends at the Hechinger Report are taking a look at Ohio’s effort to defund remedial courses and what the state’s public colleges might do with students who aren’t prepared for college level course work.

A Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system report says 40 percent of students who enroll in Minnesota’s public colleges take at least one remedial course during their first two years of school.

There’s been lots of talk lately in Minnesota on how to reduce the number of students who need remedial classes.  Remedial courses don’t add to the total credits a student needs to graduate, meaning students often spend more time and money in pursuit of a diploma.

Officials at both MnSCU and the University of Minnesota say they’re going to work closely with their K-12 colleagues in coming years to better prepare students for college.

The Hechinger Report says remedial courses cost the country $3.6 billion dollars a year.