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Age Group Dynamics

This Points of Interest illustrates the significant increases in developmental course-taking for first-year students over age 24 and a decrease for students 18 or younger.  
July 31, 2019
Christopher M. Mullin
Tags: Accurate Placement, 2. Enroll in college-level math and English., Differential Capacity of Institutions

Throughout their life span, students look to augment their human capital by enrolling in colleges and universities. And when they enroll, or reenroll, students of various ages are placed into courses using policies and practices developed at the institution, system board, and/or state laws and regulations. These structures may have disparate impacts.

Nationally representative data for four different cohorts of first-year students suggest that over time a smaller proportion of younger students are enrolling in developmental education courses whereas the proportion of older students enrolling in developmental education courses is increasing. This Points of Interest illustrates the significant increases in developmental course-taking for first-year students over age 24 and a decrease for students 18 or younger.