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Freshmen Getting a "Refresher" At Iowa Community Colleges

March 19, 2008

Des Moines, IA – Going back to school can be quite an adjustment after many years away, so some academic "refreshing" is in order for many of the freshmen in Iowa's community college system. Des Moines Area Community College President Rob Denson says that's not all bad. While his students need less help than the nationwide norm, many find it helps to brush up on subjects they haven't had to study for a while.

"If you haven't done it fairly recently, you are going to forget some of those core skills and a refresher is needed. The good news is, they're coming back, picking up the skills and going on, rather than never getting those skills and never being able to take a better job."

Denson explains the typical student who may be returning to the classroom many years away from academia usually needs help in a couple of areas.

"We primarily see it in math and English and communication; those are probably the areas that jump out most frequently."

Nationally, just over 26 percent of full-time community college students took remedial classes. Denson says DMACC's rate is half that.



Dick Layman/Don Mathisen, Public News Service - IA