EPI's weekly illustration of education data trends — September 8, 2016

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Remedial Coursetaking for Public Four-Year Students, 2003-09


Of all students that started at a public four-year institution in 2003-04, 39.6 percent enrolled in at least one remedial course, with an average 2.1 courses per student. Of these students, those who were weakly prepared for college were four times as likely to take a remedial course than those who were strongly prepared (77 percent vs. 18 percent). Students were more likely to take a mathematics remedial course compared to English/reading. Only 3 percent of strongly prepared students took an English/reading remedial course and 13 percent a mathematics course. Comparitively, two thirds (67 percent) of weakly prepared students took a mathematics remedial course and 31 percent an English/reading course.


SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, 2003/04 Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Study, Second Follow-up (BPS:04/09) and Postsecondary Education Transcript Study of 2009 (PETS:09).