Remedial coursework in postsecondary education: The students, their outcomes, and strategies for improvement
Recently the state of Missouri, through the Missouri Department of Higher Education, has started to work toward the goal of having 60 percent of state residents hold some type of postsecondary credential. This goal aligns with similar initiatives in other states as well as President Obama’s objective for the nation. In order to reach this ambitious target, improvements in postsecondary education will need to be made in a number of areas.
One such area is remedial education. Remedial education (sometimes also described as developmental education) refers to courses taught within postsecondary education that cover content below the college level. Students who require remediation upon entering postsecondary institutions may face adverse consequences. First, these students may be less likely to complete their course of study and more likely to stop out or drop out. Second, it may take these students longer, both in terms of the number of courses taken and number of years enrolled, to complete their studies.