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Second-Chance Collegians: Inside the Remedial Classroom

From: Dissent
Volume 59, Number 4, Fall 2012
pp. 41-45 | 10.1353/dss.2012.0086



There is a lot of attention being given these days to remediation in higher education. "Failure to Launch," reads one representative headline, "Community College Students Can't Meet Higher Goals." The numbers vary but, on average, suggest that about 35 percent to 40 percent of students in state colleges and universities are held for one or more basic skills courses. The numbers increase in the community college, typically 60 percent and higher. So, roughly half of post-secondary students in the United States need some assistance to do college-level work.

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