OHE chief: Remediation should come earlier than college

During State Office of Higher Education Director Larry Pogemiller's introductory address to the House higher-education committee, Vice Chairman Bob Dettmer (R-Forest Lake) brought up the need to deal with remediation.

He recalled cases in which non-native English speakers would arrive in Minnesota with few English skills and start as freshmen in high school. After graduation, they'd go to a two-year college and then find they couldn't do the work.

"These students are struggling," he said. "Is it fair for our system to take on this instruction -- or (should) K-12? It's a real concern among two-year schools."

Pogemiller recalled someone at Normandale Community College -- located in the wealthy Bloomington-Edina area -- telling him that 70 percent of Normandale's students take come kind of remedial course.

He told Dettmer:

"I think we're going to see remedial education pushed earlier in pipeline. (Otherwise) it's going to be a productivity issue."

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