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All of us in developmental education/learning assistance should be
interested in a report published last month by the Institute for
Higher Education Policy. Titled College Remediation: What It Is, What
It Costs, What's at Stake, the report recommends that institutions of
higher education continue to offer remedial courses. The researchers
found remedial education to be cost effective in relation to other
alternatives. The argument that college remediation only repeats what
recent high school graduates should have just learned is refuted by
the fact that 47% of students enrolled in college remedial courses
are over the age of 22.

A review of the report appears in Higher Education and National
Affairs , the newsletter of the American Council on Education (Report
Urges College Officials to Maintain and Enhance Remedial Education,
December 14, 1998, Vol. 47, No. 22. p. 3). The full report can be
downloaded from the Institute for Higher Education web site at
www.ihep.com. The file is designed to be opened through Acrobat
Reader, but will probably open through other software. The download
includes an executive summary plus the full report.