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PEDAR: Executive Summary First-Generation Students in Postsecondary Education: A Look at Their College Transcripts
First-Generation Students in Postsecondary Education: A Brief Portrait
Remedial Coursetaking
Undergraduate Major
Credits Earned
Coursetaking in Selected Areas
Postsecondary Performance
Factors Related to Degree Completion and Persistence
Research Methodology
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Remedial Coursetaking

Reflecting their weaker high school academic preparation, many first-generation students needed remedial assistance after they enrolled in college. A majority of first-generation students (55 percent) took some remedial courses during their college years, compared with 27 percent of students whose parents held a bachelor’s or advanced degree (table 3). In particular, 40 percent of first-generation students took remedial mathematics courses, and 13 percent took remedial reading courses, compared with 16 and 6 percent, respectively, of students whose parents had a bachelor’s degree or higher. The higher need for remedial education among first-generation students was apparent in many major fields of study.

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