Community College Chief: Remedial Classes Crucial

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) A community college president tells Kansas education officials that remedial courses are critical for the progress of thousands of Kansans.

The Lawrence Journal-World ( reports Neosho County Community College president Brian Inbody told the Kansas Board of Regents remedial courses often provide students a path to higher education and out of poverty.

Last year Kansas lawmakers passed a law banning state funding for remedial courses at four-year colleges, saying students who need that kind of help might be better served by community colleges.

Math is the most common remedial course taken by first-year students. In the 2010-2011 academic year, which is the most recent for which statistics are available, 38 percent of first-year community college students and 17 percent of first-year four-year college students took remedial courses.

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