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Community College Research Center, Columbia University

In this Brief the authors first report on evidence about the effectiveness (or, unfortunately, in too many cases, the ineffectiveness) of remediation and then provide information about the progression of students through the developmental sequence. They discuss problems associated with the crucial assessments and make a brief statement about costs. They then describe three initiatives designed to improve the performance of remedial services. (Contains 10 endnotes.)

Descriptors: Remedial Programs, Remedial Instruction, Community Colleges, Developmental Studies Programs, Sequential Approach, Educational Finance, Costs, Program Effectiveness, Student Evaluation, Educational Change, Basic Skills, Learning Activities, Discourse Communities

Community College Research Center. Available from: CCRC Publications. Teachers College, Columbia University, 525 West 120th Street Box 174, New York, NY 10027. Tel: 212-678-3091; Fax: 212-678-3699; e-mail: ccrc[at]; Web site:

Author: Bailey, Thomas; Cho, Sung-Woo


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