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Developmental Education News

Scaling Best Practices Workshop from the NADE Conference

Melinda Karp's research presentation can be found by going to

The following links are the studies referred to at the end of her presentation. Follow the links to studies from the Community College Research Center on the "Assessment of the Eveidence in Developmental Education. Click on "view PDF version" to view the study in it's entirety.

Accelerating the Academic Achievement of Students Referred to Developmental Education: A Review of the Evidence

Assessing Developmental Assessment in Community Colleges

Online Learning: Does it Help Low-Income and Underprepared Students?

Redesigning Community Colleges for Completion: Lessons From Research on High-Performance Organizations

Toward a New Understanding of Non-Academic Student Support: Four Mechanisms Encouraging Positive Student Outcomes in the Community College

Facilitating Student Achievement Through Contextualization

The Shapless River: Does a Lack of Structure Inhibit Students' Progress at Community Colleges?






Student Groups


1. Reduce Attrition

2. Increase

 AE/Dev Ed Progressions  to Credit Courses

3. Increase Gateway Course Completions

4. Increase Persistence fro Semester to Semester  Fall to Fall

5.  Increase completion  of Courses with a ‘C’ or Better

6. Increase


Transfer  Rates

7. Increase Success Equity

Target Goal Ranges

(Under  Discussion)

All Subgroups

Required orientation (TOP) /FYE for FTIC Students

Scale-up of Math 0385

 Continue Faculty  Coach Process

Student Success Course Enhancement

Math Advisor Plan     Enhancement

Provide Comprehensive Career Planning & Support

Expand & Institutionalize Men of Distinction Advising Program

Counselor Coaching for Students in Developmental Education

Scale-up Implementation of Making Math   Real in Adult Education

 Scale-up & Implement Comp 4.0

Implement the ACC Student Success Coaching & Mentoring Program

Enhanced Academic Support Lab

Enhance & increase Transfer Services

Enhance the Black Student Success Committee’s (BSSC)  Academic Networking Events

Scale-up implementation of I-BEST Model in AdultEducation

Increase Supplemental Instruction in Gateway courses

Required orientation FYE (TOP)/FYE for FTIC Students

Scale-up implementation of Supplemental Instruction

Enhance and Increase Transfer Resources

Increase Supplemental Instruction in Developmental Education

Red – Under Discussion               Blue- Achieving the Dream Intervention              Green- Proven in practice to close equity gaps        Black-Existing and enhanced Interventions






*2. Use of Evidence to Improve Policies, Programs, and Services

*3.   Broad Engagement

*4. Systemic

Institutional Improvement

 **5.Use evidence to promote systemic changes

 **6.Research-Based Curriculum & Instruction Enhancement

A.  Board policy review regarding  student  success

A . Continued development & realignment of  OIEA


A. Continue Development of the Communications Plan

A. Disaggregation of Data  to set target  goal ranges

A. Enhanced Communication Plan for First Time in College Students

A. Course Redesign through the Faculty Coach Process

B. Presidential

Search Process

B. Continue development and publication of institutional and departmental snapshots

B. Staff Engagement Plan

B. Development of Intervention plan

C. FY 11 -$800,000 budget allocation for SSI

B. Increase Placement Test Preparation Opportunities

B. Development and implementation of Statway course

C. Provost Search


C. Annual Data Retreat

C. Continue semester All Dev Ed meeting for  FT and adjunct faculty and SS staff  to discuss research-based practices & polices in DE

D. Data Training via Faculty Coach Program

C. Implement Tutors with a Vision program to support AISD students and the transition to ACC

C. Integrate Contextualized Learning into the Adult Education Curriculum

D. IT Developing plan in include and track students through Datatel

E. Developmental Education Communication Plan

D. Plan Development for Adult Re-entry Center for students 25 and older

D. Expansion of Civic Engagement/Service learning Program

E. Continue College Transitions Committee data analysis and intervention evaluation

F. Scaling up FYE, Math 0385, Supplemental Instruction

E. Develop College Success Course for Developmental Math Students

E. Develop Policy and guidelines and plans for learning communities

F. College-wide dialogue about late registration policy


--Faculty coach process

F. Adult Education-Career Bridge

--Developmental Education Faculty

--Professional Development through the Learning Labs

F. English  for Speakers of Other  Languages (ESOL) and English as a Second Languages (ESL) Bridge Class

--Professional Development for online instruction

G. Adult Education & Fundamental Math Collaborative

*AtD Four Core Principles                                                                                      ** Based on SSI Guiding Principles & Strategies



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