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Posted: Apr 14, 2014 2:32 PM

Updated: Apr 14, 2014 2:32 PM

BALTIMORE (AP) Only about a quarter of students nationally who take developmental or remedial college classes ever graduate.

The problem's so profound the advocacy group Complete College America dubs remedial classes the "bridge to nowhere." Even as billions are spent annually on remedial classes, many students run out of financial aid before they complete their credit requirements, get discouraged by non-credit classes or flunk out.

The Baltimore City Community College is one of several places around the country looking to improve the odds. It combined some non-credit developmental classes so students spend less time in them, increased tutorial and other student supports and is re-thinking how classes are taught.

Texas State University allows some students to enroll simultaneously in a remedial class and a college-level one in the same subject area.

Topics: Remedial College

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