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.
Lindsay Daugherty, a policy researcher at RAND Corporation, discusses five reasons why corequisite models of developmental education may be successful, based on the perspectives of faculty, administrators, and students in Texas.
From Islands of Innovation to an Isthmus of Equity: Lessons from Developmental Education Reform in Florida
Christopher Mullin shares three lessons from Florida's experience with state-mandated developmental education reforms that made remediation optional for the vast majority of students.
Investing in Teaching to Improve Student Success: Adapting Lesson Study to the Community College Context
Susan Bickerstaff describes the Lesson Study model of professional development for instructors and a new research study examining how this model can be used in developmental mathematics.
Early Results from CAPR’s Developmental Education Survey: A Conversation with Elizabeth Zachry Rutschow
Elizabeth Zachry Rutschow discusses findings from a just-released CAPR brief documenting how developmental education programs have evolved over the last several years.
Rebecca Natow, Vikash Reddy, and Markeisha Grant provide a window into the findings from their recent CAPR working paper, How and Why Higher Education Institutions Use Technology in Developmental Education Programming. They describe the types of technology institutions use in developmental education, common challenges they encounter, and recommendations for improving the use of technology.
With colleges around the country experimenting with reforms to developmental education, researchers are partnering with them to measure the effect of the changes. Today, we're rounding up some recent studies of developmental ed reforms, including Florida’s dramatic overhaul from 2013, California’s growing movement to reform placement and developmental pathways, and Virginia and North Carolina’s efforts to combine developmental reading and writing into one literacy-reinforcing discipline.
Erin Whinnery, a policy researcher for Education Commission of the States, reviews recent state legislative action regarding developmental education in three broad areas: delivery and governance, accountability and reporting, and financing and affordability.
At CAPR's annual meeting on June 29, a discussion between CAPR’s Nikki Edgecombe, Dustin Weeden of the National Conference of State Legislatures, and Christina Whitfield of the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association turned up valuable insights for higher education reformers. CCRC Communications Specialist Elizabeth Ganga highlights the main points from this session.
Di Xu, an assistant professor at the University of California, Irvine, discusses her recent study on how outcomes differ for lower and higher level developmental students, and what colleges are doing to improve developmental education outcomes.