With the price tag for remedial education sitting at $3.6 billion a year, according to the Alliance for Excellent Education, remedial courses are increasingly losing their place on college campuses.
Last year, the state of Ohio said it will begin to phase remediation completely out of its budget for four-year universities starting in 2014.
The gap between the skills with which students graduate from high school and what colleges expect them to be able to do has come under increased scrutiny, as federal policy makers push states to increase college graduation rates.
At least 13 other states, including Florida, Missouri, and South Carolina, have tried to slow the spiral of spending on remedial education, typically by restricting funding to colleges and universities that provide a lot of it.
More advanced placement techniques, like ALEKS Placement, could demonstrate to college and state officials that there is a need for funding remedial courses.
Some colleges, like the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, have already turned to online methods to help students deal with their lack of math skills.
ALEKS Placement will also be fully online, and, according to Brian Belardi, McGraw-Hill Education’s director of media relations, it is designed to move students through a remedial course in just six weeks.