During State Office of Higher Education Director Larry Pogemiller’s introductory address to the House higher-education committee, Vice Chairman Bob Dettmer (R-Forest Lake) brought up the need to deal with remediation.
He recalled cases in which non-native English speakers would arrive in Minnesota with few English skills and start as freshmen in high school. After graduation, they’d go to a two-year college and then find they couldn’t do the work.
“These students are struggling,” he said. “Is it fair for our system to take on this instruction — or (should) K-12? It’s a real concern among two-year schools.”
Pogemiller recalled someone at Normandale Community College — located in the wealthy Bloomington-Edina area — telling him that 70 percent of Normandale’s students take come kind of remedial course.
He told Dettmer:
“I think we’re going to see remedial education pushed earlier in pipeline. (Otherwise) it’s going to be a productivity issue.”