Ohio Takes on Remediation

Ohio is trying to eliminate remedial courses. Or at least it’s trying to eliminate them in most colleges.

According to an article by Christopher Magan in Dayton Daily News:

The nearly 40 percent of freshmen who are not ready for college work will take most of their developmental courses at community colleges under a statewide plan that dramatically changes how four-year universities provide instruction to those needing extra help.

By 2017 the state will end subsidies for developmental courses at most university main campuses, he said. Regional and branch campuses as well as community colleges will continue to receive state funding to support remedial education.

This policy is on some level admirable, reflecting as a does a growing sense that remedial education is a problem. Most students who take remedial courses to try and “catch up”—to gain the skills necessary for credit beating courses—never get there and are unlikely to ever graduate from college.

That being said, just moving money from four-year state schools and into community colleges probably won’t fix anything. Community colleges don’t do a better job teaching remedial courses. Forcing students to take remedial courses in community colleges pretty much ensures that they’ll never actually earn any credits at a university.

By 2017 Ohio will end state subsidies for developmental courses at most state universities.

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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