Colleges Revamping Remedial Studies

It’s a statistic no educator—or student—would boast about: Half a million high school graduates, or about one in four, can’t perform math or write English well enough to avoid having to take remedial classes when they get to community college.

Those get-up-to-speed courses, however, typically add years to college completion time and thousands of dollars to tuition bills. And remediation can be a trap door; refresher classes don’t count towards degree credits, and about 40 percent of those students, frustrated and behind schedule, drop out before graduation day.

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