Almost four out of 10 Oklahoma high school alumni who enroll in the state's higher education system the fall after graduation take at least one developmental course as college freshmen, Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education data show.
The number reflects the percent of Oklahoma high school graduates who go directly into a state public college or university and enroll in one or more developmental courses as freshmen.
Developmental courses, also called remedial courses, build a student's proficiency in a subject area such as math or reading. Students do not receive college degree-earning credit for completing developmental courses.
Because it is not possible to track individual high school graduates to college, the regents' developmental course rate data reflect new freshmen who are 17, 18 or 19 years old and attended an Oklahoma high school.