Phasing Out Remedial College Education Could Help More Colorado Students Earn Their Degrees
Erica Meltzer, Chalkbeat Colorado
A bachelor’s degree eluded Armando Manzanares for two decades because he couldn’t pass introductory college math. As he got older, his lack of a degree made it harder and harder to catch the attention of potential employers.
More than a third of students entering college in Colorado need some sort of remedial coursework, with the numbers much higher for students of color, those from low-income families, and those who are first-generation college students. For many, it ends up being a roadblock. Between 10 and 20 percent of students assigned to remedial, non-credit coursework never make it to a college-level math class.