More than one-third of 2012 high school graduates entering Ohio colleges for the first time required developmental classes in English or math to get up to speed, according to a recent report..
Youngstown State University President Randy J. Dunn tells the Vindicator newspaper that the state’s colleges and universities have to work with the education systems for kindergarten through 12th grade to make improvements.
The newspaper reported Friday on the he Board of Regents report showing that 40 percent of 2012 high school graduates took developmental courses in either of the two core courses at a public university or community college.
Dunn said more students are going to college now than in years past, so it stands to reason that the number in need of developmental coursework would be higher.
Beginning this fall, Youngstown State University will no longer accept all students who apply, but Dunn said 50 percent to 60 percent of incoming freshmen need developmental courses.
Dunn said the university is well positioned to handle those students. The Center for Student Progress offers tutoring, peer mentoring, intervention and a summer bridge program to help prepare students for college and college life.
Douglas Hiscox, deputy superintendent for academic affairs for Youngstown city schools, said the district is working to increase its number of graduates and reduce the number of those who need to take the additional classes, but it’s something that will take time.