Remediation: Reports of Its Failure Are Greatly Exaggerated (An NCDE/NADE Report on Research and Developmental Education)

After learning that his obituary had been published in the New York Journal, Mark Twain responded that "Reports of my death are greatly exaggerated." The same might be said for remedial courses; reports of their failure are greatly exaggerated. Based on either misinterpretation or misrepresentation of the available research, many policy makers and higher education organizations are asserting that remediation has failed. This is not a valid assertion, nor one that is supported by a careful reading of the available research.

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Assuming that providing the facts is the best way to counter erroneous assertions, the National Center for Developmental Education and the National Association for Developmental Education have assembled most of the major reports on the efficacy of remedial courses.  The abstracts of these reports are provided below as well as a link to the complete report. We invite our colleagues to read these reports, make their own judgments, and share their observations with administrators, colleagues, policy makers, and the news media.

Read the full report.