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Remedial education: focus on improvement, not elimination


Last week Ohio joined 21 other states and higher education systems eliminating funding for remedial education, The Huffington Post reports.

While issues over alignment, delivery, expense, and the effectiveness of remedial education make it one of the most complex issues in higher education today, we argue that the elimination of funding runs counter to the nation’s college completion goals. Equally important, the decision to eliminate funding for a pathway to postsecondary access runs counter to our moral imperative to educate all of this country’s citizens — irrespective of preparation.

Remedial education has been on postsecondary campuses since the beginnings of higher education in the early 17th century. The need for remedial instruction was heightened in the 20th century by the promise of Brown and realized by the open-door policies enacted in the wake of the civil rights movement. These two landmark events reinforced the importance of a college education for social mobility and economic stability.

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