Published Online: June 5, 2012
Published in Print: June 6, 2012, as Study: Remedial Work Drains Time, Money

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Study: Remedial Work Drains Time, Money

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An estimated 1.7 million college students each year are steered to remedial classes to get them caught up and prepare them for regular coursework. But a growing body of research shows the courses are eating up time and money, often leading not to degrees but to student-loan hangovers.

The expense of remedial courses in college, which typically cost students the same as regular classes but don't fulfill degree requirements, runs about $3 billion annually, according to new research by Complete College America, a Washington-based nonprofit group working to increase the number of students with a college degree.

The group says the classes are largely failing the nation's higher education system at a time when student-loan debt has become a presidential-campaign issue.

More than 50 percent of students entering two-year colleges and nearly 20 percent of those entering four-year colleges are put in at least one remedial course, the report says.

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