Brittany Crider already had passed three remedial math courses at a community college when she transferred to a state university and was told she needed to take yet another one.
Crider was angry. She'd shelled out more than $1,000 for the courses that hadn’t earned her any college credit. Now, because she'd scored poorly on a skills test, she faced burning even more money and time on a class that wouldn't help her toward the degree she needed to realize her dream of working with developmentally disabled adults.
"I thought, 'I'm never going to get through college,'" said Crider, a student at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.