Developmental education is not one-size-fits-all, and researchers across the country are examining the effectiveness of a variety of innovative approaches to remedial learning. These recent reports provide a snapshot of the latest major trends in developmental education reform and policy.
“I Learned How to Ask Questions When I’m in Doubt”: How Math Pathways Transformed One Student’s Relationship with Math
For students returning to college after a multiyear gap, the prospect of taking a mathematics course can be incredibly intimidating—but it doesn’t have to be. The Foundations of Mathematics course aims to transform the math experience by focusing on real-world problems, and for Gabriela Patino, a student at El Paso Community College, it made all the difference.
Three Compatible Reforms for Increasing College Success: Corequisite Math Remediation, Dana Center Mathematics Pathways, and Guided Pathways
Alexandra Logue, a research professor at the City University of New York, discusses three curricular innovations taking place at community colleges and how they can be used together to provide comprehensive reform that maximizes student success.
Elisabeth Barnett describes the major takeaways from a newly released CAPR report that examines early outcomes from a study of alternative placement systems at seven community colleges in the State University of New York system.
Alexander Mayer, deputy director for postsecondary education at MDRC and co-principal investigator at CAPR, describes the potential of comprehensive programs such as CUNY's Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP) to improve outcomes for developmental education students. This post is adapted from testimony given before the New Jersey State Assembly Higher Education Committee on May 7, 2018.
Nancy Shapiro, associate vice chancellor for education and outreach for the University System of Maryland, describes Maryland's math pathways initiative, how the reform's leaders took advantage of a First in the World grant from the U.S. Department of Education, and lessons learned from the work.