UNLV Attempts to Answer a Vital Question

Speaking of incoming freshman who aren’t ready for a rigorous college curriculum, the Las Vegas Sun reports on UNLV’s attempts to figure out why this is such a commonplace occurrence:

In 2008, more than a third of the Nevada high school graduates who enrolled at the state’s universities and colleges required remedial classes in English and mathematics, at a cost of over $2 million.

Neal Smatresk, the UNLV president, says the problem needs to be addressed clinically, the way doctors examine patients.

“As soon as those students get here we need to diagnose, prescribe and treat,” Smatresk said. “If we come up with the right prescription to fill those critical skills gaps, then I think we can give our students an edge.”

A college campuses become more diverse, and their student bodies drawn from a wider variety of high schools (of hugely differing quality), figuring out the unprepared-freshman conundrum will only going to get more important.

Jesse Singal

Jesse Singal is a former opinion writer for The Boston Globe and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. He is currently a master's student at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Policy. Follow him on Twitter at @jessesingal.