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Mass. To Limit Remedial Education in State Universities

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The number of remedial-education students to be admitted to Massachusetts state universities will be limited as of 1997, the Higher Education Coordinating Council of Massachusetts has decided.

The remedial student population will be capped at 10 percent of college freshmen by September 1997 and 5 percent by September 1998, according to Jack Warner, the state's vice chancellor of higher education.

Under the plan, approved last month on a 10-2 vote, the responsibility for remedial education will be transferred to community colleges. The council urges four-year colleges and community colleges to form partnerships to educate students in need of remedial help.

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