Monday, September 15, 2008

College Freshmen Not Prepared

"It's a tough lesson for millions of students just now arriving on campus: even if you have a high school diploma, you may not be ready for college. . . In fact, a new study calculates, one-third of American college students have to enroll in remedial classes."

This is the the start of an article entitled "
Colleges spend billions to prep freshmen" which was written by AP's Justin Pope appeared on Earthlink on September 15, 2008.

The article goes on to describe why this is so, concluding that (1) students don't take challenging enough curriculum in high school, and (2) students can't adjust to the "rhythm and structure of college-level work." Time management is one big problem, as are good old study skills. (Note: AVID addresses and specifically teaches all of these things.)

The article states: "Analyzing federal data, the report estimates 43 percent of community college students require remediation, as do 29 percent of students at public four-year universities, with higher numbers in some places. For instance, four in five Oklahoma community college students need remedial coursework, and three in five in the giant California State university system need help in English, math or both."

Read the entire article by clicking on the live link above. Thank you to Jennifer O'Connor for sending us the story.

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