Connecticut May Let College Students Skip Remedial Classes

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Remedial classes could be slashed in Connecticut—but not because students are prepared to do college-level work. Under a bill approved by the state's Senate higher education committee, all community college and state university students could take college-level, credit-bearing courses with "embedded" remedial help for those who need it. That could mean an additional skills class, a lab, or tutoring.

Seventy percent of Connecticut's community college students start in remedial reading, writing, or math classes for which they earn no credit. Most never earn a certificate or degree.

Students are wasting time and money on remedial classes, says Sen. Beth Bye (D-West Hartford), who introduced the bill and co-chairs the higher education committee. Just as high school students can try to pass a college-level Advanced Placement class, "our college kids should be allowed to try a college class."

Only 13.6 percent of full-time, degree-seeking students who took a remedial class in 2005 earned an associate degree within four years, reports the Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education.

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