[caption id="attachment_50394" align="alignleft" width="150"] Colleges are taking alternative approaches to remedial classes.[/caption]

After leaving high school as a teen mother, Ashley McCullough is back on track to receive a two-year degree and work as a respiratory therapist. But she first had to conquer a remedial math class and its core lessons on addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division — the same basic skills her now 6-year-old daughter will soon start to learn in elementary school.

"I didn't have my act together," the 23-year-old said. "I had a baby at 16."

McCullough is far from alone at...

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