Remedial Classes Will Probably Increase in Kentucky

Louisville, KY – Officials expect tougher admission regulations at Kentucky's higher education institutions will increase the number of students needing remedial reading and math next year. The Courier-Journal reports that the new regulations may have the biggest impact on community colleges. Officials estimate up to 20,000 new students will need remedial courses before they can enroll in courses that count toward a degree. That would amount to a 30 to 50 percent increase over the first-time students who took remedial classes at community colleges this fall. Kentucky Community and Technical College System Chancellor Jay Box says the network of colleges will need 50 new faculty members, costing between three and four million dollars in salaries and benefits.