State Enrollment For College Remedial Courses High Among Freshmen

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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.

The most recent available data show 38 percent of the 20,500 Oklahoma high school class of 2010 graduates who enrolled in the state higher education system in fall 2010 took one or more developmental courses.

The most current rate available is similar to previous developmental course enrollment rates. Nearly 37 percent of the high school class of 2001 students who went directly into a state college or university took a developmental course, data show.

The rate was roughly unchanged for the Oklahoma high school class of 1996, the first year the regents tracked the developmental course enrollment rates.

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