Texas Overhauls College Remedial Education After Dismal Results
Developmental education is a $200 million-a-year problem in Texas. But relatively few students who need remedial classes go on to earn a degree, raising questions about whether money spent on developmental education is a wise investment. The legislature has agreed to change the way it pays for the courses, encouraging colleges to break away from traditional 16-week semesters and tailor learning to students’ needs. And beginning in 2011, community college graduation rates will be posted alongside state appropriations for each school. See ECS’ Getting Past Go project on remedial education.