Remediation Isn’t Working. Here’s How to Fix It.

Soure: Remediation: Higher Education’s Bridge to Nowhere, Complete College America

The stats are staggering:  51.7% of students entering a 2-year college and 19.9% of students entering a 4-year college are in remediation. And of those taking remedial courses, only 62% of 2-year college students and 74.4% of 4-year college students complete remediation. Even fewer complete remediation and associated college-level courses within two years. With 1.7 million students in remedial courses at a cost of $3 billion to states and students, it’s time to take a harder look at remediation solutions.

That’s just what the non-profit organization Complete College America did with their recently released report, “Remediation: Higher Education’s Bridge to Nowhere”. Relying on data from 31 states, the report takes a hard look at what’s going wrong with remediation and how to fix it to create a clear path to graduation for millions of more students.

The report shares compelling statistics as well as success stories from colleges around the country that have been implementing changes the group suggests including:

  • Redesigning college classes with just-in time tutoring and support
  • Moving extra academic help to be a co-requisite not a pre-requisite
  • Working with high schools to provide transitional classes and earlier testing to see if students are on a college track
  • Forcing students to choose a course of study right away

As a provider of online tutoring and academic support for 2-year and 4-year colleges and universities across the country, has seen firsthand how supplementing instruction with just-in time tutoring delivers results. And after a decade of delivering one-to-one, on-demand tutoring we have a good sense of why it works.

Anytime Help Motivates Students

The frustration of not “getting it” drives many students to tune out and then drop out of the challenging math and science coursework that they need for college. Once they are placed in remediation classes the same issues arrive. The introduction of 24/7 on-demand help from expert tutors gives students the support they need to ask the “dumb” questions and attain the skills they never learned in high school.

“Knowing I could connect to a tutor…whenever I needed to gave me the motivation to keep going and get the work done. The tutors always gave me encouragement and they gave me motivation to stick it out. It really helped my confidence, “ explained Melissa S a college sophomore referring to her experience getting on-demand help from for math help through high school and college. “I can’t picture my academic career without it. I don’t think I would have even tried to take college level calculus without”

Unlike other intervention programs, is introduced the day a course starts and is available to students throughout the semester for help just when they need it. This on-demand approach to learning lets a student seek ongoing help and encourages them to complete more assignments, be better prepared for class and more engaged in the classroom and their own learning.

Working one-to-one with experienced tutors also helps students learn at their own pace and on their own terms – they choose when to get help and how much help they need. Embedding tutoring time into the class schedule gives students a healthy dose of one-to-one time to work out their own problems and keep up with the class pacing and assignments.

While online and on-demand tutoring support may not solve all of the remediation issues facing colleges, it’s a compellingly good start.

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