Sec. UUU-1. Study. The Commissioner of Education shall convene a working group to study the current offering of remedial college courses at the University of Maine System and the Maine Community College System. The commissioner shall invite participation from the Maine Compact for Higher Education, the Maine Adult Education Association, the MELMAC Education Foundation, the Maine Community College System, the University of Maine System, the Mitchell Institute and other interested parties. The study must include a review of the process used to determine whether students need to take one or more developmental courses, the number of students that are required to take remedial courses while taking classes within the University of Maine System or the Maine Community College System each year, how much financial aid is used by students to take the remedial courses, what the graduation rate is of those students who have taken remedial courses and what developmental courses are offered by the Maine Community College System and the University of Maine System and whether similar courses are offered or could be offered by Maine’s adult education programs.
Sec. UUU-2. Report. The working group shall provide a report to the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs with findings and recommendations for changes in the delivery of remedial college courses no later than February 1, 2008.