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Higher education official says remedial course bill has become positive

September 9, 2012

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— Higher education officials were less than thrilled during the last legislative session when House Speaker Mike O’Neal, R-Hutchinson, pushed for legislation to prohibit the use of tax dollars for remedial courses at state universities.

But last week, Kansas Board of Regents President and Chief Executive Officer Andy Tompkins said the law has become a positive.

“We’ve taken this very seriously,” Tompkins said. He said he believes the law has made university CEOs more focused on the experience of freshmen students.

“It gets everybody’s attention,” he said.

When O’Neal proposed the measure, the Board of Regents was officially neutral on the bill. But some higher education supporters were unhappy with the proposal, saying that some students are high achievers but may need help in one subject.

Most remedial courses at college are math.

As originally proposed, the bill also would have reduced the number of freshmen or transfer students allowed through the “exception window,” meaning they don’t meet minimum admission standards.

Later, that part of the bill was changed to allow the development of individual student plans for success for each school admitting a student through the exception.

Tompkins said he thought universities would have policies in place even earlier than the bill requires.

Remedial courses will still be offered, but state funds won’t be able to be used to pay for them, he said. He said the courses will probably be funded through tuition.

Comments

Dan Eyler 1 year, 7 months ago

When this first came up by Mike O'Neal the speaker of the Kansas House of Representatives it was attacked as mean and radical. Changes in education is necessary and this is a good first start it seems we all agree.

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irtnog2001 1 year, 7 months ago

Need to go back to requiring minumum ACT & SAT scores

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oldbaldguy 1 year, 7 months ago

do they still do sentence structure diagrams in high school or junior high?

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The_Twelve 1 year, 7 months ago

jafs, The Regents were informed of your comment about not "adequately educating" students at the JH and HS level several years ago, and they don't give a damn. BTW, any English course (ENG 101 and 102, for example) that must teach students how to use elementary punctuation is also "remedial." Then there are the geography courses in which students must take time in their first semester to learn to identify major river basins (Nile, Amazon, etc), continents, nations, mountain ranges.... Why don't students learn this in K-12?

Even the college prep course of which KU is so proud should properly be taught at the HS level as :"college prep." Duh, if students learned that they need to actually study in HS, then studying/reading/researching at the college level wouldn't be so difficult.

I've had to teach courses in which the students didn't even know elementary English grammar concepts.

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uggadyboogadyboo 1 year, 7 months ago

Whew.... Last sentence is the key. I thought for a minute KU sports was doomed.

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Paul R Getto 1 year, 7 months ago

Most universities have remedial programs. What's the big deal?

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KS 1 year, 7 months ago

I took a remedial math class my freshman year in college. I didn't think I needed it, but found it to be easier than I thought and very well worth my time. BTW, it was a private university and I paid for it myself.

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