Innovations in Developmental Education

Topics: Community College, Developmental and Remedial Education, Student Retention and Success, Academic Affairs

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Research Questions

  • How do institutions organize and administer developmental education programs?
  • What are some strategies institutions would recommend to improve the delivery of developmental education courses, and what are some approaches that institutions have tried and would advise against?


With over half of community college students nationally in need of sort of developmental or remedial education, many institutions are experimenting with new strategies for organizing and delivering developmental education courses.  This research brief offers an overview of the organizational structure of developmental education programs at six large community colleges, and profiles various strategies the institutions use to improve the developmental education success rates.  Such strategies include accelerated developmental courses, courses with lab components, and student mentorship programs.

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