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Fall Behind, Pay the Price: Remediation Rate Story

The 2014 Alabama high school graduates who arrived at state public colleges last fall often faced unhappy news. One in three found themselves unprepared for college math or English classes, according to data from the Alabama Commission on Higher Education (ACHE). They started their college careers behind, required to take remedial courses, an experience that national studies say puts them at risk of not completing their degrees. Remediation is a costly pursuit, as more than 10,000 remedial courses were taken by Alabama’s high school graduates in colleges last fall, costing nearly $10 million.