Perhaps more than most academic issues, remedial education evokes fervent emotions and unyielding opinions. Consensus is hard to reach even about the nomenclature, with remedial conveying a sense of deficiency in need of correction pitted against the developmental approach that focuses on change and growth. On campus, the many aspects of the controversy often get voiced in questions rather than answers: What can we do to help these students? Why were these students accepted? Who should and who will teach in these remedial programs? Should we in higher education, at the beginning of the twenty-first century, still be talking about this issue?
New England Resource Center for Higher Education, University of Massachusetts Boston, "Brief 15: Developing Students: Associate Academic Deans Weigh In" (2002). New England Resource Center for Higher Education Publications. Paper 39.