Remedial classes failing to help college students.
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Each year, an estimated 1.7 million U.S. college students are steered to remedial classes to prepare them for regular coursework. But a growing body of research shows that the courses are eating up time and money, often leading not to degrees but student loan hangovers.
The expense of remedial courses, which typically cost the same as regular classes but don't fulfill degree requirements, runs about $3 billion annually, according to research by Complete College America, a Washington-based nonprofit.
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. Meanwhile, lawmakers in at least two states have pushed through changes, and numerous institutions are redesigning the courses.