Remedial education rates continue to drop at Missouri colleges and universities

Groups that have been historically underrepresented in higher education, such as Black and Hispanic students, have also seen a decline in remedial enrollment in all content areas (math, English, and reading), although rates still exceed the overall state averages.Students who must complete prerequisite remedial courses before they can enroll in credit-bearing courses often have to spend an extra semester or more in college, and are far less likely to graduate. The additional time in school can also increase college costs and result in more student loan debt.Corequisite courses, on the other hand, allow students to earn credit toward graduation while they complete their remedial coursework. Corequisite courses provide additional academic support which may include tutoring, mentoring, labs and workshops. Both enrollment and passing rates in corequisite courses have improved in recent years throughout the state. While remedial enrollment decreased, so did total enrollment. The number of public high school graduates who enrolled full time in a Missouri public institution the following semester decreased by 6.3 percent (approximately 1,300 students) in fall 2020. Some of the decrease in enrollment can likely be attributed to the economic and social strains created by the COVID-19 pandemic.Read the full Missouri High School Graduates Report on the dhewd.mo.gov website.

 

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