For too many community college students, particularly low-income students and students who have returned to school after a long absence to train for a new career, developmental (remedial) education becomes an unnecessarily difficult barrier to cross. Nearly six out of ten community college students need at least one developmental course, and fewer than a quarter of them earn a certificate or degree within eight years. Many quit before ever getting to credit-bearing courses. Those numbers represent the lives of thousands of people who wanted to work toward a brighter future, but didn't even make it to the starting line.
Progress in colleges: