State of Education: Remedial and developmental education
It's something that's a part of many student's schedule: remedial or developmental education. YNN's Vince Gallagher has the details.
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"Being in that place has often meant that we get students with a variety of skills, all over the map really, and so developmental education has always been a part of community college education," said Jay Quaintance, Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs.
A little more nowadays, mainly because student population has grown due to higher demands in career education. There's also cost, which is certainly a part of higher education, but developmental courses can add to that which is also noted.
"And this is reflected in the way grants are made through the federal government and through the state, students have extra time built in that they're eligible to receive financial aid just to make sure they can get all the education they need," said Quaintance.
Then there's timing, taking remedial courses can delay a student's ability to graduate on time, and if a six course load is taken, it can also add on another semester to they're already busy schedule.
"The other side of that though is as degrees are becoming more complex, the idea of a two year school or a four year school is really kind of shifting a lot recently," said Quaintance.
There are always some things that can be done to better prep students going from classroom to campus. For example, using the educational pipeline which runs from kindergarten through a bachelor's degree- also known as the Power of SUNY.
"So community colleges are in this place where we're looking backwards to see what we can do to better align the curriculum that we're offering with that of the high school, high schools are in partnership with community colleges to realign with what they're doing with what we need," said Quaintance.
Since New York State spends nearly $98.6 million on developmental education, officials are looking into some ways to cut classes and cost while maintaining a quality in the classroom.