UW System to examine remedial-education efforts

  • Associated Press
  • October 11, 2013 - 12:20 PM

SOMERS, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin System is appointing a task force to examine the system's remedial-education efforts.

UW System President Kevin Reilly said Friday he's concerned about the number of college freshmen nationwide who are being placed into remedial classes. He says those students spend more money and time to graduate.

The task force will review current policies within the UW System. It will also review national studies to identify best practices that could work in Wisconsin.

One in four UW freshmen required some form of remedial education last year. Reilly says that figure is on par with national averages, and has been relatively constant for the last five years.

Specifically, one in five UW freshmen required extra math help, 10 percent needed help in English and 6 percent needed both.

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