The End of Open Admissions?

Chicago Mayor Richard Daley wants to end open admissions at the city’s community colleges. According to an article by Fran Spielman at the Chicago Sun-Times:

Daley said Tuesday he wants to close the “open-door” admissions policy at Chicago City Colleges, arguing that remedial classes for students who can’t cut it carry a $30 million price tag the system cannot afford.

“When young people enroll in a college, what background do they have? What reading levels do they have? If they have to put ‘em all in remediation, they’re really not in a college system. That’s what they have to figure out,” Daley said.

“They,” of course, would have a lot more to figure out if the city closed the one path poorly-trained Chicago high school students currently have to enter higher education.

The money that Chicago City Colleges currently spend on remedial education constitutes about six percent of the city college system’s total budget.

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Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer