Organizations: Complete College America, the American Association of Community Colleges, the Charles A. Dana Center at the University of Texas at Austin, and three other groups
Summary: The organizations behind this “joint statement” set forth “six core principles” for increasing the number of students who complete college. The statement effectively updates a document released by some of the same groups three years ago that took to task the state of remedial courses.
Among the principles: that postsecondary education for all students starts with identifying the support needed to take credit-bearing gateway courses in their first year; that academic and nonacademic support is provided alongside the gateway courses; and that every student be supported on the path to earning a credential.
Bottom Line: The report, endorsed by several heavy-hitting higher-ed organizations, endorses a nationwide movement backing a “corequisite” model, which pushes students directly into credit-bearing classes while providing learning support for them.Return to Top