Tuesday, December 10, 2013
By SUSAN McMILLAN Kennebec Journal
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Governor Paul LePage talks during a press conference about a proposed education rule on Wednesday in Augusta.
Staff photo by Andy Molloy
REMEDIAL EDUCATION ESTIMATES
• 54 percent of students entering the Maine Community College System from high school need remediation.
• 18 percent of first-time students need remediation in the University of Maine system.
• 36 percent of first-year undergraduates in the U.S. in 2007-2008 took at least one remedial course; it was 42 percent at U.S. public two-year colleges.
• 31 percent of U.S. first-year undergraduates needed remediation at public four-year institutions; it was 18 percent for the University of Maine System.
• Remedial students in Maine’s university system took about 1.5 remedial courses on average and spent $1.5 million on tuition, fees, books and other expenses.
• $13 million was spent by Maine students on remedial education in 2007-2008.
• Estimated national impact in educational costs is $3.6 billion; lost wages are estimated at $2 billion.