Strong Start To Finish
Points of Interest

The Status Quo

This Points of Interest from Strong Start to Finish illustrates the typical outcomes for students when systems choose not to enact evidence-based reforms that increase students’ success in the first year.
May 30, 2018
Christopher M. Mullin
Tags: Acceleration, 4. Streamline remediation options., New Roles for Student Services

Students should begin taking credit-earning courses in their first year of college. However, nationally, 50 percent of students at public two-year colleges and 40 percent of students at public four-year colleges failed to complete their developmental coursework within six years. Perpetuating the status quo experienced by students a decade ago, as illustrated here, when reforms have shown to dramatically improve success is educationally and economically unjustifiable.