Crawford: Move remediation to community colleges

Across the nation, ever-rising higher education costs are in conflict with tight state budgets. At the same time, ever-rising tuition costs are in conflict with stagnant family incomes. Many states are looking to restructure higher education to reduce costs, both for the state and for students. “The pressure on higher ed budgets is going to continue,” said Andrew Kelly who works education reform for the American Enterprise Institute. “So the question is, how do states navigate that?” The Pew Charitable Trusts, in an article titled “The High Cost of Higher Education,” suggests that “the most difficult way,” but perhaps the most effective way, is through “systemic change.” Systemic change is what Mississippi needs. Every year Mississippi high schools graduate thousands of students under-prepared for college-level work. And every year our colleges and universities admit thousands of these graduates, then channel them into developmental (remedial) classes — 41.1 percent of entering freshmen at two-year institutions, 27 percent at four-year non-flagship institutions, and 14.4 percent at four-year flagship/very high research institutions (source:...

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