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Remedial education coursework is not a new concept for higher education. Colleges and
universities have become increasingly more responsible for providing developmental instruction
to the growing amount of students being enrolled into postsecondary institutions underprepared
to be successful at the college level. With nearly one-third of first-year college students
requiring remedial education in the core courses of reading, mathematics, or writing (Long,
2014), high school student college readiness and collegiate-level remediation remain as
conversational topics in both secondary and postsecondary learning environments. This
investigator evaluated the relationship between selected high school campus-level predictor
variables and first-year college student enrollment into remedial education coursework. The
results of the investigation aid both secondary and postsecondary educators, as they continue
their attempts to increase high school student college readiness and reduce the need for first-year
college student remedial coursework. This chapter includes a review of the research questions
and analysis of the method. It also provides a discussion of the study's results as they relate to
the corresponding literature, along with suggestions on further educational research.
The purpose of this study is to determine if high school campus-level factors can be
identified as predictors of student college readiness. Given that college readiness is frequently
measured in terms of participation in college-level remedial courses (Complete College America,
2012; Long, 2014; NCPPH, 2010), knowledge of which high school campus-level factors have
the greatest relationship to college-level remediation allow for increased understanding and
programmatic planning concerning preparing high school students for the academic expectations
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Baker, Emmett Andrew. Predictors of Postsecondary Success: An Analysis of First Year College Remediation, dissertation, August 2017; Denton, Texas. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1011868/m1/82/: accessed April 21, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; .