Developmental Education

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Common Elements of Developmental Education Policies

2019

This policy brief identifies common elements of developmental education policies at the system and state levels: college readiness assessments, assessment cut scores, multiple measures for course placement, innovative course models and reporting systems.

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Stuck at Square One

2016

This report and audio podcast discusses how college students are increasingly caught in remedial education classes.

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Unlocking the Gate: What We Know About Improving Developmental Education

2011

This analysis focuses on four different types of interventions for improving students’ progress through remedial education and into college-level courses, including (1) strategies that help students avoid developmental education by shoring up their skills before they enter college; (2) interventions that accelerate students’ progress through developmental education by shortening the timing or content of their courses; (3) programs that provide contextualized basic skills together with occupational or college-content coursework; and (4) programs that enhance the supports for developmental le

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Increasing Opportunities for Low-Income Women and Student Parents in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math at Community Colleges

2012

Drawing on a literature and program review, analysis of publicly available data, and consultations with experts in the field, this report examines opportunities for women and student parents to pursue and succeed in STEM fields at community colleges.

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Two-Year College Mathematics and Student Progression in STEM Programs of Study

2011

This resource introduces the history of and research in the the field of pre-college and early college mathematics practices.

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Better Together: Realigning Pre-College Skills Development Programs to Achieve Greater Academic Success for Adult Learners

2008

This report examines three partnerships between adult education programs and developmental education in community colleges and provides recommendations to help adult learners develop skills to be successful in postsecondary education. 

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Beyond Basic Skills: State Strategies to Connect Low-Skilled Students

2011

This report provides a background on the growing basic skills crisis in the U.S. and emphasizes the importance of postsecondary education success and completion in getting a good job and advancing in the workforce.

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It’s Not About the Cut Score: Redesigning Placement Assessment Policy to Improve Student Success

2008

This publication highlights the effect that assessment policies have on student placement rates in community colleges. 

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Setting Up Success in Developmental Education: How State Policy Can Help Community Colleges Improve Student Outcomes

2009

Achieving the Dream, a national initiative to improve student success in community colleges, has taken a multipronged approach to improving outcomes in developmental education. This issue brief describes how the fifteen participating states have concentrated their policy efforts on four key areas: preventative strategies, assessment and placement, implementation and evaluation of program innovation, and performance measurement and incentives.

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What Community College Developmental Mathematics Students Understand about Mathematics

2010

Carnegie Senior Partner Jim Stigler and colleagues Karen B. Givvin and Belinda J. Thompson from the University of California, Los Angeles were commissioned by Carnegie to investigate what community college developmental mathematics students understand about mathematics and how we might help turn around the alarming statistics that show that an enormous number of those students drop out of college because they aren’t successful in math courses.

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