Forty-three percent of SAT takers in the class of 2014 are prepared for college, reports College Board. The average SAT score was 1497 out of 2400, down a point from the year before. A combined score of 1550 predicts success in college classes.This causes one to wonder: why do college costs keep going up? Why are schools so crowded such that students have a hard time getting the classes they need in order to graduate in 4 years? Why do we have so many remedial math and English students at universities?
Only students aspiring to selective colleges take the SAT. College readiness rates are even lower — 26 percent — on the ACT, which includes some students required by their states to take the exam.
If I were in charge, I wouldn't let unprepared students into public universities (private universities can do whatever the market will bear). Take your remedial courses at community college and come to a university when you're ready to do university-level work.
It's an idea that's so wacky it just might work. (BTW, complaining that there's not enough room at CC's is not a reason to warehouse students at higher-cost universities. Just sayin'.)