Higher Education Raises the Bar

9 years 6 months 2 weeks ago September 08, 2007 Sep 8, 2007 Saturday, September 08 2007 Saturday, September 08, 2007 3:01:43 PM CDT in News

The Higher Education Report says one in every three Missouri college students educated by Missouri public schools will have to enroll in remedial classes.

"It certainly is evidence that there's a gap between where students are leaving high school and what's neccessary to enter higher education," says Paul Wagner of the Department of Higher Education.

In 1996, 26 percent of Missouri public high school graduates had to take remedial courses their freshman year of college. Now, that number stands at 36 percent. Some people say the students can't take all the blame.

MU instructor Jennifer Wilmot says, "It's not an instructor's problem. It's not a student's problem. It's not a principal's problem. We're all a part of the problem and we all have to do something to make this better because it's only getting worse.

In order to avoid further problems, the Department of Higher Education is putting together a plan.

"The higher education system is going to come up with a framework of core competencies that are necessary before accessing college level work, and thats going to be a communication tool for us to share with our colleagues in the K-12 system," says Wagner.

Wagner believes this will allow public school systems to align their curriculums and bring students up to par.

Studies show that students are in special need of remedial math courses, but English and reading courses are needed as well.

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