Majority of Incoming College Freshman Aren't Prepared

By Heather Hubbs, Reporter

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By Rachel Begle

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - College students are beginning to head back to campus. Kirkwood started classes this week, University of Iowa begins Monday. But a new report by ACT finds many incoming freshman aren't prepared for college level courses.

The report found that nationally only 26 percent of students met college readiness benchmarks in all four test subjects which include english, reading, math, and science. Thirty-one percent didn't meet any of the benchmarks. At Kirkwood, 2 out of 3 students arrive on campus needing some type of assistance, but that doesn't mean they will fail.

Kirkwood has a variety of courses, in each subject area to help students build their skills and confidence. So rather than putting a student who struggles in math right into Calculus 2 academic advisors work with students to pick the courses that suit their skill level.

"We do see it in two out of three students but we also feel really good about the likelihood of us getting those students to a successful end if we can get them in the right classes and get them engaged early," said Kristie Fisher, Vice President of Student Services at Kirkwood.

The ACT report suggests more needs to be done at the high school level to identity and help students who are struggling.

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