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Serious Need For Remedial Classes in Tennessee Colleges

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An increasing number of freshmen across the country leave senior high school without acquiring fundamental skills, requiring them to take remedial or development classes at school before taking courses that count towards their further education.

And in Tennessee, things are no different, with more than 70 percent of freshmen students require remedial or developmental coursework – meaning among the four core courses they require is a refresher and does not count for credit, writes Julie Hubbard in the Tennessean.

So now, school officials are allowing high school students to work on their own remedial math while earning high school credit to make sure that at college they could get on with college work. One pilot program through Chattanooga State is already showing results.

Tennessee has shifted remedial and developmental courses out of its four-year colleges and universities, as Patrick Callan, president from the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education says that providing remedial courses shouldn\’t be the priority for higher education institutions.

Callan said:

\”We have to do it better, or these students is going to be left out in the cold.

\”Students are kind of the victims of colleges and schools not getting their acts together, and giving a clear message about this is what you\’ll need.\”

Tennessee has the power to revamp remedial courses in the usa after being awarded a grant through the U.S. Department of Education in 2006. And, after the Complete College Tennessee Act this year, state policy changed to ensure colleges and universities better align the work they do with K-12 in order for more students to graduate.

THEC Director of Academic Affairs Mike Krause really wants to see more community colleges have online remedial math courses.

He said:

\”The remarkable thing is, you are taking a student in the fall who\’s at-risk and get them through, … you\’ve completely changed the trajectory of this student\’s advanced schooling career,\” Krause said.

Kelly Henderson, executive director of instruction for Metro Schools, said:

\”We are certainly open to talking to someone about it.\”

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