Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Postsecondary Success

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 degree.

There are many promising interventions being tried to address specific shortcomings of remedial education. They take on weak alignment of college entry and K-12 graduation standards, assessment and placement challenges, redesign of remedial courses and student advising and support services. A growing body of evidence shows that to improve the prospects for students requiring remediation these interventions cannot be applied as single-point solutions. They must be effectively woven together. Accordingly, we support the continued development of specific interventions and, crucially, efforts that seek to integrate them to transform students’ learning outcomes.

Explore our Remedial Education Infographic: 

Remedial Education Infographic

Remediation Interventions

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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Using Multiple Measures

Students are often placed into remedial courses based on standardized test scores alone. Evidence shows that by not considering factors such as GPA and high school courses taken, students are required to take more remedial courses than they actually need.
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