Archive for Sunday, May 20, 2012

Statehouse Live: Bill halting state funds for remedial courses at KU, other regents schools sent to governor

May 20, 2012


— A bill aimed at helping college students who fall below minimum admissions standards to succeed and also halting state funding of remedial courses was approved Sunday.

After weeks of negotiations, the measure was supported unanimously in the House and Senate and sent to Gov. Sam Brownback for consideration.

The bill would prohibit state funding for remedial courses at Kansas University and other regents universities. But it wouldn't take effect until Aug. 15, 2015, and state funding would still be allowed for students in the military service, 21 years of age or older and international students who need remedial English.

In addition, after that effective date, universities could provide the courses from other funding sources if they wanted.

KU offers one remedial course, intermediate algebra, which has an average of 900 students enrolled each fall.

House Speaker Mike O'Neal, R-Hutchinson, had sponsored the original bill saying that students who need remedial course work would be better served going to a community college rather than risk failing at a regents school.

The bill sent to Brownback would also set up a individual plans for each student who is admitted to a regents university through the "exception window."

Schools are allowed to admit 10 percent of their students who fail to meet minimum admission standards.

The bill would reduce the exception percentages at KU, Kansas State and Wichita State to 5 percent of the freshman class, and leave it at 10 percent at Emporia State, Fort Hays State and Pittsburg State.

But in practice all the schools are using the exception window at a lower rate than those set in the bill. Emporia State is at 8.1 percent; Pittsburg State, 7.1 percent; and Fort Hays State, 6.8 percent. Kansas State was a 3.7 percent; Wichita State at 1.6 percent; and KU had the lowest rate of admitting students under the exception at 0.4 percent.

The individual plans under the proposal would be put together by the student and his or her advisor and would focus on ways to ensure the student succeeded academically. "They would set up a plan to help these students be successful," said state Rep. Lana Gordon, R-Topeka.

The bill also directs the Kansas Board of Regents to conduct a study on the retention and graduation rates of students who are admitted through the exception window.


usnsnp 6 years ago

Would like to know how many of the legislators had to take remidial classes when the went to KU or KS. Oh I forgot that they are all smarter than everyone else. Good luck Kansas

Dan Blomgren 6 years ago

What's the graduation rate of the students that are enrolled under the lower admission standards? And these students with the help of their counselors are put on plans to "ensure the student succeeded academically". Really? You can 'ensure' success? Or maybe you can strive for it, but the truth is in the graduation rates. Maybe we just accept the fact that college is not for everyone, and we try to fit these kids in the right place as opposed to shoving them into college.

pittstatebb 6 years ago

It would seem that if 900 students at KU needed a remedial course out of the 28,000 students, that those big government union schools must have done more right than wrong.

Of course, the republican mantra has always been to present the opportunities to the population and shame on them if they do not take advantage. Since all students have been given the same opportunity to learn and most took advantage of that opportunity, maybe the blame should be placed upon the student and their parents.

Of course that would mean that public schools are not all evil.

Jan Rolls 6 years ago

One course and they waste time on this. What a bunch of idiots.

Dan Blomgren 6 years ago

The opening paragraph illustrates the ignorance of govt. First they say they will accept students of lower standards, and simultaneously drop the remedial classes. They are dropping the very classes the new lower standard students will need to succeed. How else are they going to 'ensure success' if not by enrolling them in remedial courses?

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