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What One College Did to Crack Down on Shoddy Transfer Credits

By Brad Wolverton, The Chronicle of Higher Education

Academic advisers at Mt. San Antonio College, a prominent feeder institution for major-college athletics departments, had noticed a disturbing pattern among football players.

Many who had tested into remedial-level mathematics classes were skipping right to college algebra by going elsewhere for their credits. Their coaches were encouraging them to enroll in an online program at Adams State University, a four-year public institution in Colorado.

The Adams State classes cost about three times as much as those at Mt. San Antonio, a 60,000-student community college in California. But to some players, the expense appeared to be worth it, as they could satisfy their community-college math requirements with one online course, often earning an A or a B.

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