Arkansas College Remediation Rate Slowly Declining

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The rate of Arkansas college and university students needing extra help in the basics to perform at college level has slowly declined over the past decade.

Last fall, the 10,421 first-time students at Arkansas public colleges and universities took remedial courses in math, reading or writing.  The total amounted to 52.9 percent of all first-time students.  That's an increase of 0.3 percentage points from the previous year, but it's still lower than five years ago.

B. Alan Sugg, president of the University of Arkansas system, attributed the gradual decline in remediation rates over the years to better performance of high schools.

College students are placed in remedial classes if they score lower than a 19 on the 36-point ACT college-entrance exam.  Students pay for the courses but don't receive credit toward a degree.

The University of Arkansas of Fayetteville's remediation rates were the lowest in the state.  Chancellor John A. White said his university has achieved his goal of getting remediation levels below ten percent by raising admission standards.

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