Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Postsecondary Success

More than half of students attending two-year institutions, and a third of students attending four-year colleges, must take remedial classes where they do not earn credits that count toward graduation. Worse, once a student enters remediation, the likelihood that he or she will complete a certificate or degree diminishes.

Our work in remedial education (also known as developmental education) supports the creation, integration, and expansion of new and more effective approaches to delivering these programs, with the goal of getting underprepared students off to a strong start and on track toward a certificate or degree.

There are many promising interventions being tried to address shortcomings of remedial education including better alignment with K-12 graduation standards, redesigning remedial courses so that students earn credits toward their requirements at the same time, and improving advising and student support.

Explore our Remedial Education Infographic: 

Remedial Education Infographic

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Core Principles

Many freshmen could avoid remediation with assistance from online courses that are developed specifically to address the needs of students who are nearly college ready.
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