It is important to understand that these students are not stupid. All of them have graduated in the upper third of their high school class. All of them have passed high school courses in both mathematics and English, usually with grades of Bor higher. In fact the average high school GPA for students needing remediation is only slightly lower than for students who do not need remediation (approximately 3.16 vs the 3.26 for all entering freshmen). You can draw your own conclusions about grade inflation at the high school level. These are students who should be capable of college-level work.
The problem is that many of these students have passed courses in mathematics or English that are undemanding to say the least. The cost to the California State University system is enormous. We must spend millions of dollars each year on remedial classes. Here at the Krispy Kreme U campus (one of 23 in the system) we have the motto "Cal State Fullerton, where learning is preeminent", but in reality we are a system in which remediation has become preeminent. The money spent on remediation is money taken away from such things as instructional equipment and infrastructure support.
Professor wishes to propose a simple but radical solution to this problem.
Let's charge the high school districts for our remedial classes!
In other words the high schools ought to be willing to guarantee the quality
of their product. If they certify students as being ready for college
work in English or mathematics by virtue of awarding grades of B or higher
in these courses, then they ought to be willing to pay for remedial courses
at the college level if their students can't pass the entrance tests.
The IP suspects that once the high school districts have to pay for the
consequences of their inflated grades, they might do something to correct
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