OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ The number of students who need remedial courses when they enter Oklahoma colleges for the first time appears to be holding steady.
Remedial courses are noncredit classes required by public colleges and universities for students who score low in ACT subject areas or need improvement before taking courses for college credit.
A report from the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education says about 39 percent _ or 44,608 of all first-time freshmen required remedial courses last year. Most students need additional work in math, but others need help with English, reading and science.
The rates are highest at community colleges with nearly 79 percent of students needed remediation. About 18.5 percent needed remedial courses at regional universities and 2.8 percent at the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University.