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February 23, 2017

Colleges Remake Remedial Education by Partnering With High Schools

Remediation classes typically add years to college completion time and thousands of dollars to tuition bills, often without advancing students towards degree requirements. A partnership between Red Bank High School and Chattanooga State Community College allowed students to take remedial courses in their senior year of high school, reducing the need for remediation by the time they reach college.

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February 16, 2017

Alternative to Remedial College Classes Improves Graduation Rates

Remediation courses all too often do not count toward a degree and may delay students from graduating on time, costing them money in the long run. Boston College has taken a different approach by reducing the maximum number of remedial classes a student can take, and restructuring the format of the class, leading to increases in low-income student graduation rates.

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February 7, 2017

Experts don’t know how many students are prepared for college. Here’s why that matters

Each year, when they get to campus, more than half a million American college students have to take so-called remedial or developmental education classes to teach them basic math and English skills they should have learned in high school. And that’s not even the full story. The full story cannot be accurately told, because of problems in how states collect the data — if they collect it at all.

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