Cal State Puts Remediation on an 'Or Else' Basis

University system combines a tough approach with efforts to help high-school students prepare

For many of the 24 students enrolled in an intermediate algebra course this summer on the California State University campus here, the stakes are high: Pass or leave the university.

The tough-love policy is part of a controversial effort by the 22-campus university system to bring its enormous remediation needs under control. Students are being told that if they do not complete remedial