A college student could take no more than a single semester of non-credit remedial work under a revised bill aimed at keeping students from spending several semesters or more in remedial classes that offer no college credits.
"That would be for the kids who are lower-performing, English language-learners and maybe adults who are coming back to school," Rep. Roberta Willis, D-Salisbury, said Monday.
As originally proposed, the legislation would have eliminated all non-credit remedial classes at the state's community colleges and state universities.
Lawmakers proposed the measure because so many students become bogged down — they pay for remedial classes but still don't earn any college credit, even after several semesters. Students who take remedial classes are much less likely than their peers to graduate from college.