Finalist

Remedial Education in West Michigan
At GRCC, Nearly Half Of Recent High School Graduates Unprepared For College-level Work

Source: MLive Media Group / Grand Rapids Press

At GRCC, Nearly Half Of Recent High School Graduates Unprepared for College-level Work

‘Time Is the Enemy’: Why GRCC Is Looking to Accelerated Courses to Reduce Remedial Education

Database: See How Many Recent Graduates From Your District Are Taking Remedial Classes at GRCC

Colleges, Kent County School Districts Work to Curb Number of Students in Remediation

Judges’ Comments:

“This work by Brian McVicar and Monica Scott is a solid look at college remediation rates in Western Michigan.”

“Brian McVicar and Monica Scott fought for valuable information that gives insight into the relative quality of high schools, based on the percent of their graduates who require remediation in college. It is accompanied by a database that allows readers to look up the stats for particular schools, and breaks down the remediation needs by subject area, which is also useful. The data are accompanied by articles that both describe the information and explain why it matters (it drives up the cost of college by forcing students to take extra courses that do not count toward a college degree). The reporting then explores attempts to address the deficiencies.”

EWA is grateful to the College Board for its generous support of the 2016 National Awards for Education Reporting.