Report: Community college students not prepared

A new report examines remedial course rates and national movements to reduce remedial enrollment.

Many community college students are not prepared to complete college-level work, do not succeed in remedial courses, and fail to attain their educational goals, according to a new report from the Center for Community College Student Engagement at The University of Texas at Austin.

According to the National Student Clearinghouse, only 39 percent of community college students earn a certificate, associate degree or bachelor’s degree within six years. With that data in mind, the report seeks to understand community college students’ experiences with assessment, placement, and developmental education.

Expectations Meet Reality: The Underprepared Student and Community Colleges” features data from more than 70,000 community college student respondents across 150 institutions and more than 4,500 community college faculty respondents from 56 institutions.

That data reveals that 86 percent of surveyed students said they believe they are academically prepared for college success, but 67 percent of those surveyed require developmental or remedial courses, including 40 percent of surveyed students who reported a high school GPA equivalent to an A.

(Next page: National trends about student preparedness and remediation)

Laura Ascione