A Look At How Cal State Reformed Its 'Remedial' Math And English Classes

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This fall California State University campuses begin the second year of a major overhaul to their freshman classes. Cal State did away with remedial classes and is placing students who need help into new classes they hope will lead more students to earn their degrees, quicker.

Under the old approach, Cal State assumed remedial students weren’t sufficiently prepared in high school. Under the new approach, Cal State has eliminated the "remedial" label and adopted the view that students can do college-level work if they’re taught by engaging professors and receive individualized help. 

Administrators on some campuses say the new approach, implemented last year, has been a success.