Recommendations address reducing need for remedial college courses
The Iowa Department of Education has released recommendations from two work groups charged with studying ways to reduce the need for developmental college coursework. More than 1 out of every 5 Iowa students (21.6 percent) who enroll in an Iowa public college or university within one year of high school graduation take at least one developmental English or math course the first year of college. The rate is almost twice as high for black and Hispanic students (39.1 percent) as it is for white students (19.6 percent). The work groups were established in response to recommendations released last year by the Future Ready Iowa Alliance aimed at reaching the goal of 70 percent of Iowa workers having education or training beyond high school by 2025.