Here's a link about the graduation rates for college students in Minnesota. Overall, it looks like about 32% of private college students, and about 50% of public college students, fail to graduate within six years--statistics which more or less parallel the fact that about 30% of students are taking remedial courses.
While it is certainly true that not every student who takes remedial courses fails to graduate, it does suggest that a great way to save about 30-50% of the $2.8 billion our state spends on higher education each year would be to eliminate remedial courses in our government-run universities--not to mention hundreds of millions of dollars more in loan guarantees, Pell grants, and so on.
I don't know about you, but I certainly could put that $500 or so that my family "contributes" to the creation of college dropouts to a better use.
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