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MI: Developmental Education Costs State $28 million

Posted by on Feb 11, 2010 in Data, Funding | Comments Off

The Detroit Free Press has this article on the high percentage of Michigan high school graduates who require developmental education. It focuses on both the challenges at the K-12 level and the strategies being implemented to create greater collaboration between high school and community colleges. It cites Bob Wise from the Alliance for Excellent Education. The Alliance has been very outspoken on the cost of developmental education and has released a report called Paying Double. The article talks about how the cost of remedial education is a...

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AZ: Proposes Shifting Remedial Education to Community Colleges

Posted by on Feb 12, 2010 in Delivery | 1 comment

This article in the Arizona Daily Star reports on Arizona Board of Regents President Ernest Calderón’s agenda for continuing to serve increasing numbers of students while controlling costs. Among the strategies he proposed was to rely on the state’s community colleges to deliver developmental education. In addition, he suggested a strengthening of transfer agreements between community colleges and four-year institutions. If Arizona was to formally move all remediation to community colleges, it would become part of a growing...

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We’re Jamming!

Posted by on Feb 8, 2010 in Project Updates | Comments Off

We’re Jamming!

Cue the Bob Marley music! The online jam, Telling the Story of Developmental Education: Using Data to Develop a State Strategy, is set to begin at 12:00 p.m. Eastern time on February 9, 2010. More than 90 people have registered for a conversation on how states and postsecondary systems can use data to more effectively inform policymakers about the role that developmental education plays in state efforts to increase college attainment rates. The jam will also examine how states and systems can use data to develop and evaluate policies related...

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Common Standards as a Beacon, Not Bar

Posted by on Jan 27, 2010 in Accountability | Comments Off

Common Standards as a Beacon, Not Bar

Several of the Education Commission of the States staff members just finished a great conversation with Charlie Lenth from the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO) about the implications of the Common Core Standards Initiative on higher education. Our conversation got me thinking: What does a national, albeit voluntary, set of standards — that articulates for what is college- or work-ready — mean for higher education and particularly developmental education? While a first reaction is that higher education will...

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Achieving the Dream Leader Colleges

Posted by on Feb 3, 2010 in Accountability, Data | Comments Off

Achieving the Dream (ATD) has identified 21 institutions as “Leader Colleges” of their national initiative to empower community colleges to more effectively use data to increase community college success. According to ATD, the selected institutions, “have demonstrated comitment to and made progress on the four principles of Achieving the Dream: committee leadership, use of evidence to improve programs and services, broad engagement, and systemic institutional improvement.” In addition, each institution had demonstrated...

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NCAT’s Changing the Equation

Posted by on Jan 30, 2010 in Delivery | Comments Off

Changing the Equation: Scaling Up a Proven Innovation is the National Center for Academic Transformation’s new national initiative to improve developmental math courses by implementing their Program in Course Redesign model funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The Program in Course Redesign is a widely respected innovation in postsecondary education with its proven track record of using technology and faculty planning proccesses to redesign gateway courses at colleges and universities. Due in part to their work with the...

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CO: Nearly One in Three Graduates Needs Remedial Courses in College

Posted by on Feb 9, 2010 in Data | Comments Off

About one in three first-year college students in Colorado needs remedial help in at least one core subject, according to an annual report. State officials are confident that a new system in place to align Colorado’s K-12 schools with higher education will begin to reverse this trend. Overall, 52.7% of recent Colorado high school graduates who enrolled in two-year colleges in 2008 needed remedial help, while 19% of first-year students attending four-year colleges needed remedial courses. The report also shows how well high schools are...

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Washington’s I-BEST Program

Posted by on Jan 28, 2010 in Accountability, Delivery | Comments Off

The Washington State Board of Community And Technical College’s (SBCTC) Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST) program is a model for how to effectively use data to identify a challenge and develop a strategy to address it. Research done by SBCTC found that students were able to reap the financial benefits of an education from their institutions if students were able to complete at least one year of instruction and ideally earn a degree. Unfortunately, many of the students who enrolled in their institutions were lacking...

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GPG to Present at EWA Meeting

Posted by on Jan 22, 2010 in Project Updates | Comments Off

Bruce Vandal, Project Director for Getting Past Go, will be presenting at the Education Writer’s Association event Miles to Go: College Completion under the Obama Plan on February 19 in Washington D.C. He will be part of panel discussion titled Back to Basics: Fixing Remedial Education on Friday, February 19 at 2:30 p.m. For more information about the event, visit the Education Writer’s Association Web...

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Jackson St. Wins Bellwether Award for Developmental Math Redesign

Posted by on Jan 27, 2010 in Delivery | Comments Off

Jackson St. University, was awarded the Futures Assembly Bellwether Award for excellence in community college instructional services and programs for its SMART Math developmental studies redesign. Smart Math was of the six pilots that make up the Tennessee Board of Regents Developmental Studies Redesign program that is co-directed by the Education Commission of the States and funded by the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education. The project combines three developmental math courses into one course and then creates...

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