Why are students who need remedial math being accepted to a four-year university? To answer my own question, they probably would not have enough students to keep the university open (since 60 percent need remedial math!).
If a student does not have the basic math skills he or she should have learned in high school, then the student should enroll in a community college. Once the students have their basic skills down in community college they can transfer to a four-year university.
Unfortunately, it looks like our public universities are becoming extensions of our high schools where the students are hand-held through their education. As a teacher in Salinas, I am appalled and frustrated by how much we allow our students to get away with. There's no accountability in our schools and the results are now showing up in our universities.
Who is going to take our universities seriously if we continue this trend?
It's amazing, isn't it. No remedial students should be accepted to any of our four year public universities. That's what Community college is supposed to be for. Yet, the statistics are absolutely staggering. I'll post them again:
California Community Colleges:
84% of incoming students are placed in Remedial Math
72% of incoming students are placed in Remedial English
60% of incoming students are placed in either Remedial English and/or Remedial Math.
35% of incoming students are placed in either Remedial English and/or Remedial Math.