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Most college students in remedial classes don’t graduate, co-requisites could be solution

Across the United States, community college leaders are recognizing that the way they traditionally have handled underprepared students doesn’t work.

In fact, it makes things worse. Studies from New York, California and many other places, including Monroe Community College in Rochester, show that only the slightest fraction of students beginning in remedial, non-credit-bearing courses actually go on to earn a degree.

The solution is co-requisites. Instead of taking pre-English in the fall and English 101 in the spring, students now take English 101 and, at the same time, a support class meant to help them through.

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