Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Postsecondary Success

February 16, 2017

Alternative to Remedial College Classes Improves Graduation Rates

Remediation courses all too often do not count toward a degree and may delay students from graduating on time, costing them money in the long run. Boston College has taken a different approach by reducing the maximum number of remedial classes a student can take, and restructuring the format of the class, leading to increases in low-income student graduation rates.

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February 7, 2017

Experts don’t know how many students are prepared for college. Here’s why that matters

Each year, when they get to campus, more than half a million American college students have to take so-called remedial or developmental education classes to teach them basic math and English skills they should have learned in high school. And that’s not even the full story. The full story cannot be accurately told, because of problems in how states collect the data — if they collect it at all.

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February 2, 2017

California Community Colleges Work to Prepare Students for Careers in Advanced Professions and Industries

With a lack of job applications in certain high-demand fields, California community colleges are working to graduate students in that are prepared for careers in these advanced professions and industries. They've done this by creating interactive databases that pair academic programs and workforce priorities, and worked to prepare students with not only technical training but transferable skills as well.

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