MAINE - A recent study shows that fewer Maine high school graduates who are University students need remedial classes, compared to the rest of New England. However a conflicting study shows Community College students' remedial rate is high.
The University of Maine Systems study of 2012 High School graduates, shows that only 12% who enter the University of Maine System require remedial classes in core areas like english and math.
"Those can be really glaring in a students academic records," says Rosa Redonnett, chief student affairs officer.
This compared to New England remedial rates of 24 to 39 percent. University of Maine System officials say a working relationship between high schools and universities is better preparing students.
However, according to a statement by the Maine Education Association, the percentage of graduates needing remedial work at community colleges is high- with 50% of students requiring remedial coursework.
And although there was no clarification as to why the remedial rates vary so vastly between the institutions, MEA officials say a new bridge-year program that allows students to receive college credit while still in high school could help.
The program is currently being piloted in Hermon, however other schools have shown interest in bringing it to their campus.