EPI's weekly illustration of education data trends — February 1, 2017

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


Sixty-eight percent of all students who begin their postsecondary career at a public, two-year institution are required to take at least one remedial course, compared to 40 percent of those starting at a public, four-year institution. On average, students who take remedial coursework at the two-year level take on average 2.9 courses, compared to 2.1 courses for those at four-year institutions.

Although 75 percent of public two-year students who are weakly prepared for college take at least one remedial course, almost half (48 percent) of those who are strongly prepared for college take at least one course, two. This compared to only 18 percent of strongly prepared students at the public, four-year level doing the same.


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).