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Paul Ellis wrote:
<Martha, could you name the "experts" and some of the "second tier
universities . . . rapidly divesting themselves of their remedial
programs"? I would like to hear directly from those universities, if they
have representatives on LRNASST.>

The author's include:
Arthur Levine, President Teachers College, Columbia University
Burton R. Clark, Professor of Higher Ed. Emeritus, UCLA
Francis Oakly, Processor of the History of Ideas at Williams College
Walter E. Mossley, President of Morehouse College. Patrick
M. Callaban President of the higher Education Policy Institute
Martin Trow, Professor of Higher Education at  U.C. Berkeley
and other like the president of Cornell U., scholars from Brandeis, U.
Buffalo, Wake Forest,  etc.

Flagship institutions are those that are the most prestigious and highly
selective public and private research institutions - such as Duke &
Berkeley, & Michigan, and U. Illinois and/or those considered major
research  universities .  Second- tier universities are all those that are
NOT  considered "flagship" nor "open-admission."  For example, all of South
Carolina's four year public institutions have done away with developmental
courses (or else hidden them deeply somewhere that no one else can find ).
State universities like some of the four year colleges in  CUNY and SUNY
and in Ohio and Mass,. etc., have been cutting back remedial programs  and
the Cal State U.system has  extended the deadline for  doing away with
remedial programs from the year 2000 to 2005, at my  last reading.

This movement is NOT NEW.  Back in 1980, experts and college presidents
were being urged to "divest themselves of remedial courses." - The
Chronicle of Higher Ed. had many articles on this topic and it was
frequently on the agenda of the national conferences of state legislators.
.

If this movement continue, it   leave developmental/remedial courses in
extension colleges, community colleges, open-admission four year
institutions, and those private colleges  who aren't highly selective.
Proprietary colleges like technical  colleges, beauty schools, culinary
institutes, etc. may or may not have developmental courses. However, . The
University of Phoenix , the country's largest private proprietary college,
as far as I can find out does not offer developmental courses and accepts
only working adults .

 I think that your college still considers itself an "open-admission"
institution, doesn't it?

The point that the authors are making is that with  the numbers of students
already in the pipe-line -i.e., enrolled in elementary, middle and
secondary schools  who are and will be seeking entrance to colleges with  a
steady-state budget, there wont be room for the weakest applicants. Thus
all of the tiers will become more selective and the number of
open-admission colleges will decrease and even the community colleges may
raise their standards. .  Arizona , one state with a growing population and
the money to expand colleges is now considering turning community colleges
into four year colleges and that is raising a ruckus.

There are, of course, differences in population growth -  some expect much
larger gains that 15% ; others expect  smaller increases.