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Community colleges take on more students who need developmental classes

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The state's community colleges are taking on a growing share of Minnesota students who need remedial or developmental classes.

  The state Office of Higher Education tracked -- for two years -- high school students who graduated between 2006 and 2011.

The percentage who took developmental classes hovered around 30 percent.

Over that period, community colleges began serving a greater share of that group -- from 49 percent to 55 percent.

Meanwhile, the University of Minnesota and the state's public universities saw their share of those students decline.

The report also says the developmental students did just as well if not better than other college students in staying on for a second year of college.