Do remedial courses help students if they don’t count toward their degree?

Do remedial classes help students if they don’t count toward their degree?

Reported by Inside Higher Ed, with research showing that students are more likely to complete transfer-level math and English courses if they can earn credit for them, California created a bill in 2018 which restricts community colleges from requiring remedial courses, which has only produced slight traction on this problem to date.

The takeaway? We don’t want to put students in an academic situation where they are unlikely to succeed. But creating over-and-above course requirements that don’t count toward the student’s degree? Turns out those don’t improve the student’s completion rates either. So how can we create courses that do both?

May you continue to fight the good enrollment growth fight at your institution today, and we’ll see you again tomorrow.

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Eric Olsen

Eric brings more than a decade of award-winning creative brand development, marketing analytics and higher education experience to Helix Education. Eric is a graduate of Bradley University and earned his MBA at Lewis University.