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  • Popplestone, Ann
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      Subject: 4/9/99 Daily Report from ACADEME TODAY

      Academe Today's DAILY REPORT
      for subscribers of The Chronicle of Higher Education

      Good day!
      * [snip]
      * UNDERPREPARED ADULTS in need of remediation constitute a growing
      portion of community-college students, and the institutions must develop
      aggressive strategies to serve them effectively, two-year-college officials
      said Thursday.
      * [snip]
      * HINDS COMMUNITY COLLEGE cannot be held liable for a fatal plane
      crash caused by the negligence of the company that managed the institution's
      airport, Mississippi's Supreme Court ruled on Thursday.

      A glance at the May/June issue of "The American Prospect":
      The folly of attacking remedial education
      Conservatives' plan to move remediation from four-year colleges to community
      colleges will do many students more harm than good, writes Peter Schrag, a
      former editor at "The Sacramento Bee." Although statistics show that many
      incoming students are unprepared for college-level work-more than 80 per
      cent of freshmen on some California State University campuses need remedial
      courses-those statistics don't reveal the whole picture, he writes. Liberals
      fear-and rightly so, Mr. Shrag says-that removing remedial education from
      four-year colleges would mean the end of equal access to higher education
      for needy and minority students. The City University of New York estimates
      that freshman enrollment would fall by 55 per cent among Hispanic students
      and 46 per cent among black students if remediation were phased out at its
      four-year colleges, he points out. He adds that many older students seeking
      to update their skills would also be excluded from colleges if the plan went
      through. Although some conservatives chastise high schools for inadequately
      preparing students for college, the majority of remedial students at some
      four-year colleges are returning students or immigrants, not new high-school
      graduates. In addition, notes Mr. Schrag, remedial education is nothing new.

      "There never was a golden age when all courses offered in higher
      education were 'college level,'" he writes. Underlying the
      debate about remediation is the issue of equal opportunity, and
      denying educational access to anyone would be "downright
      un-American," he concludes. The magazine's World-Wide Web
      address is http://epn.org/prospect.html <http://epn.org/prospect.html>


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