Feb 12, 2010 1:02 AM by Matt Stafford

Students entering college in Colorado need some help

"I prepared myself to graduate high school, I didn't prepare myself to go to college," says Bryant Hopson.

If they were being honest, a third of Colorado students entering college would say that. Those numbers are according to an annual report from the Colorado Commission on Higher Education. It looks into the numbers of students needing remedial course work when they start college, where they are going to college and where they went to high school. The study now has five years worth of data, and it seems to be staying pretty consistent.

It also gives a lot of useful information to educators.

"It gives us a perspective, at least we know the scope of remedial education," says Tim Griffin, Strategy Manager for Pikes Peak Community College.

In 2009 at Pikes Peak Community College, about half the students entering school needed remedial course work in core subjects.

The same goes for Bryant Hopson.

"I really needed that because I don't read faster than most people. I read real slowly," Hopson explains.

Now Hopson is fixing the problem with a little extra help. He's doing it just like Lorinda Brinson fixed her math problems when she started back to school. After taking prep courses, she's now tutoring others, seeing a lot of educational hurdles just like hers. However she's finding a way through to the students.

"A lot of times it's a matter of having a subject explained to you in a way that you can relate to and understand," Brinson says.

While students seek understanding in textbooks, educators are looking for it in reports like this one. This year's version indicates we have some work to do.

"We may need to deal with the reality of that, and this report really helps us to get talking about what that reality is," says Griffin.

That reality is different for each student, but for Hopson, it's an education and moving forward, with a little help.

You can take a look at the report for yourself by clicking here.


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