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The Short-Term Effectiveness of a Remedial Mathematics Course: Evidence from a UK University

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  • Di Pietro, Giorgio

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    (University of Westminster)

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Whilst in the US there is a growing debate about the effectiveness of remedial university courses, this issue is less questioned in the UK. Using a regression discontinuity approach and data from a large School of a post-1992 UK university, we estimate the effect of remediation on student outcomes. We find no evidence that attending a math remedial program improves student performance in the first year. This finding is consistent and complements that of a recent study by Lagerlöf and Seltzer (2009), which is based on data from a pre-1992 UK university. Taken together, these results may call for a review of the remediation policy offered at university level in the UK.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 6358.

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Length: 34 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2012
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Keywords: student performance; regression discontinuity design; remedial mathematics;

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  1. Sandner, Malte, 2013. "Quasi-Experimental Evaluation of a Student Mentoring Program," Hannover Economic Papers (HEP) dp-512, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät.

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