Admitting Non-Prepared Students Into College

A report from the Legislative Finance Committee in New Mexico has reported that students that take remedial courses dropped the six-year bachelor’s degree rate from 77 percent to 17 percent, while taking a second remedial course reduced the graduation rate to 5 percent.

The report concluded that New Mexico has successfully increased access to post-secondary school for large numbers of students many “show up unprepared to earn college credits.  Instead time and money a re wasted on a sequence of remedial courses, rarely leading to program completion.”

I do not believe that this situation is unique to New Mexico.  I I am correct, why do colleges fail to validate high school achievement or lack of achievement?  Why do colleges lower their standards by accepting students who should not be admitted?  Why are preparing every student to enter college them many -too many, fail to succeed?  Is there a better way?