State Policies Threaten Remedial Education, Study Finds

February 2, 2012

Shifting state policies related to developmental education threaten to limit innovation at colleges that serve large proportions of minority students, according to a new study from the Southern Education Foundation. For example, 14 states have prohibited or limited remedial courses, or reduced state funding for them at public four-year colleges. Those policies, half of which are on the books in Southern states, have a disproportional impact on minority-serving institutions, according to the study. The foundation called for leaders of minority-serving institutions to better collaborate to help students with developmental needs, and to "unabashedly demand more from state and federal governments and indeed the entire higher education community."

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