It seems like a no-brainer that college students would enter colleges prepared to take college level math and language arts classes, but that is not the case. In fact, 23,000 Georgia colleges students must take remedial classes to prepare for college level work. The University system of Georgia want’s to limit the amount of remediation that a student will receive. These changes are set to take place by fall 2012.
The reasons behind the move to limit remediation for college student is simple. It costs the state $22 million a year for these classes, and the classes are ineffective for many. As reported by the AJC, Willis Potts, chairman of the State Board of Regents remarked, ” We do a good job giving everyone an opportunity to earn a college education, but you have to wonder if we’re doing a disservice to some of these students.” He continued, “We need better programs and we need to start being more honest and upfront with these students.” In short, is seems that students who are incapable of catching up in these subjects are repeating them over and over with little success.
This means two things for struggling students. First, they need to graduate prepared for college level work. Second, it means that students who are not prepared, will not be eligible for a college education. Hopefully there will be more trade schools that don’t require an advanced level of language and math for these students to be successful. For those not interested in trades, they will have to find low level work after high school.
This move to limit college remediation means that high schools will need to graduate students prepared for college. After all, that is what they are supposed to. There are those that feel the Georgia’s math program has failed the students state as for the last five years, students have used a trendy integrated math program that is quite difficult to decipher. Supposedly, math 1-2 teach a combination of Algebra, statistics, and geometry. Math 3 teaches what is left of Algebra 2, and Math 4 is Trig. Then there are accelerated math classes which start in grade 8, and takes kids through Calculus or AP math. Other state who have had similar math programs have returned to the traditional Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2, etc., plan that parents are used to and may actually be able to follow and assist students with.
Georgia colleges aren’t cutting remediation altogether though. They are working to re-tool remediation classes and online software to help students be more successful the first, second or third try (for math). Multiple attempts beyond that will not be possible.