Brad Phillips


How to Break the Cycle of Remedial College Classes

At least a third of college students start freshman year in remedial classes. A California project shows that it doesn't have to be that way.

This month, more than half of community college freshmen and at least a third of university students started college already behind. They're in at least one remedial course that does not count toward a degree, thus beginning at least four months—and sometimes years—delayed in getting the degree they enrolled to earn.

This colossal disappointment is largely avoidable. Students need not toil in remedial courses that cost precious time and money.

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