New Mexico students still struggle in college

Matt Zalaznick's picture
Thursday, January 23, 2014

Just over half of the graduates from New Mexico high schools need to take remedial coursework – particularly in math and English – upon entering state colleges or universities, according to a new report compiled by the Legislative Finance Committee.

That demand for those courses, for which students receive no college credit but must take to qualify for enrollment in college-level classes, cost New Mexico about $22 million in 2013. The LFC report said 51 percent of the state’s high school graduates needed the remedial classes, which represented about 45 percent of all coursework taken by first-time freshmen in New Mexico colleges. The LFC compiled remediation data at 24 state colleges and universities.

The problem isn’t new, the LFC report said. But consistent demand for remedial coursework in the state’s higher education system over the past seven years suggests efforts to improve the state’s K-12 education system have failed to improve student preparedness when they get to college, the report said.

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