Gateway courses—college credit–bearing and/or developmental education graduate experience in the United States. As long as there have been U.S. colleges and universities, there have been entry courses that pose difficulties for students—courses that have served more as weeding-out rather than gearing-up experiences for undergraduates. Perhaps the gateway-course weed-out function was more appropriate in the days when a college or university credential was reserved for a privileged few, or even during the era when a high school credential was more than adequate preparation for work and life in a democratic republic. But we no longer live in those times.
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NEW DIRECTIONS FOR HIGHER EDUCATION • DOI: 10.1002/he