Ohio colleges and universities spent $146 million in 2010 to educate incoming college students who were not ready for entry-level English and math classes. State law is set to change the way remedial courses are offered, with a plan to stop funding those classes at universities by the end of the decade.
In Ohio, 42 percent of college freshmen need remedial help. But those students are still less likely to graduate. At two-year schools nationwide, 90.5 percent of students who start in remediation do not graduate in three years, and about 65 percent of four-year students do not graduate within six years, according to Complete College America.
The organization is dedicated to more students earning certificates and degrees.
The successes and failures of the remedial system have come under scrutiny as the Ohio Board of Regents and the nation push for more people to graduate college and meet the workforce demands of the future.