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Students’ Coursetaking Experiences

This Points of Interest shows that a higher percentage of Black and Hispanic students took developmental courses in their first year of college than other student groups.
March 11, 2020
Vilan Odekar
Tags: Accurate Placement, 1. Identify academic direction and supports., 2. Enroll in college-level math and English., 4. Streamline remediation options., Structuring Equity

Traditional developmental (or remedial) courses are non-credit bearing and non-transferable. These courses can be a barrier for students trying to access credit-level gateway math and English courses because few students complete developmental courses, which involves at least one, and sometimes four or more courses.

In 2009, the National Center for Education Statistics began a longitudinal study of ninth-graders in high school to track their progress into higher education and the workforce. It found that 41% of the students who entered college in 2013-14 took one or more remedial courses. However, when broken down by student demographics, significantly more Black (57%) and Hispanic (53%) students took one or more remedial courses compared to White and Asian students. This Points of Interest shows that a higher percentage of Black and Hispanic students took developmental courses in their first year of college than other student groups.