KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP)  – A committee appointed by the Missouri Department of Education is recommending that two and four-year public colleges give students the option of taking math classes more relevant in their fields than algebra.

Math professors say roughly half of the students who take college algebra fail it at least once, causing many of them to just give up and drop out. Education officials say allowing students to take alternative math courses could speed their time to graduation.

The Kansas City Star reports the change would add Missouri to a growing list of states giving students options beyond algebra. All six Kansas universities governed by that state’s Board of Regents allow students to take other math courses to satisfy degree requirements.

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