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basic skills improvement rate is very low and seems to be getting worse. For College 2, the basic skills course completion is improving, but the ESL improvement is very, very low and the Basic skills Improvement rate, though going up, is low. (Data from CCCCO, 2009 ARCC Report.)

College 1: ARCC Data for Basic Skills and ESL Courses 2009

College 2: ARCC Data for Basic Skills and ESL Courses 2009

There seems to be no correlation between course success and course improvement. Historically, colleges appeared to have success in individual courses, but not in progress through the series of courses. These data intimated that basic skills programs, as a whole appear, fall short of complete remediation.

Was this a fact or the reflection of a mystery?  Looking at these figures, the college, the local Board of Trustees, the public and the legislature might ask a variety of questions and draw a series of conclusions:

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