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How to Help Underprepared Community College Students

In the Washington Monthly, Research Professor Jodie Adams Kirshner explores what happens when students who begin behind attempt to navigate the higher-education system, particularly lower-income students who have lost out on years of pandemic-era learning:

Whether in remedial classes or not, underprepared community college students desperately need more and better counseling and guidance to navigate the complicated choices they face. That means colleges must address preparedness more broadly, beyond explicitly remedial courses, with efforts to help at-risk students continue throughout their education. Right now, the onus is entirely on the student to navigate through their institution. They’re given a remedial class, but the college offers little or no help beyond that.

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