Getting ready for remediation
As educators begin chewing on the fact that Florida’s graduation rate improved largely because districts found alternative ways for students to get a standard diploma – passing the GED test and getting a high enough score on a standardized test other than the FCAT – it’s only logical to wonder: Are these students ready for college?
Sounds like perfect timing for a new book written by a professor of education at California State University at Chico titled, Teaching Unprepared Students: Strategies for Promoting Success and Retention in Higher Education.
Author Kathleen F. Gabriel has aimed the book at professors who find themselves frustrated by teaching students who arrive on campus unprepared for college-level work. While Gabriel concedes that high schools need to do a better job of preparing their students for college level curriculums, she maintains that college professors shouldn’t turn their backs on those students.
“If we, the professors, are not reaching out to at-risk or unprepared students who are enrolled in our classes, then we are simply setting these students up for failure and, at the same time, only pretending our colleges have somehow fulfilled a moral obligation of providing opportunities to our diverse population in today’s society,” Gabriel said in a Nov. 25 interview with Inside Higher Ed.
Donna Winchester, higher education reporter