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2013 NextDev Convening: No Shortage of Ideas and Innovations to Reform Developmental Education

Posted by on Aug 5, 2013 in Delivery, Project Updates | Comments Off

    As a follow-up to our online NextDev Challenge from last fall, Getting Past Go hosted a meeting on May 30-31 in Denver. The NextDev Convening quickly became fertile ground to exchange ideas, frustrations, and successes about implementing more effective developmental education strategies. The audience was a cross-section of faculty, college administrators, system-level officials, state higher education agency staff, researchers, national organizations staff, and vendors. The value of this uncommon mix became immediately apparent...

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Gauging the Effectiveness of Developmental Studies Programs

Posted by on Jan 23, 2013 in Accountability, Delivery | Comments Off

Guest blogger John Squires describes a metric that institutions can use to evaluate the impact of their developmental education programs. As colleges across the nation look for ways to increase student success in developmental studies programs, they need to be able to gauge their effectiveness. In an article written for the American Association of Community Colleges, Dr. Anita Polk-Conley and I put forth a metric that colleges can use to monitor the impact of any changes they make over time. This metric allows institutions to use both past...

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How Can Community Colleges Improve Remedial Education Practices?

Posted by on Nov 15, 2012 in Delivery | Comments Off

Dr. W. Norton Grubb’s forthcoming book, “Basic Skills in Community Colleges: Inside and Outside the Classroom,” will be published in the spring of 2013. Getting Past Go posed a handful of questions to Dr. Grubb to give our network a preview of the book. 1. Can you give us an overview of the developmental education study that is the basis for your forthcoming book? What prompted the study and what was the central question you were trying to answer? About 60% of students entering community colleges require some form of remediation, or basic...

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The Emporium Model: Fact and Fiction

Posted by on Aug 29, 2012 in Delivery | Comments Off

Guest blogger John Squires addresses three myths that have dogged the Emporium Model and explains its potential to improve developmental math. It’s an exciting time in higher education as the nation’s colleges seek to improve their graduation rates by trying new delivery methods that fit today’s society.  One of these new approaches is known as the Emporium Model, one of five models of instruction put forth by the National Center of Academic Transformation, and which has become particularly popular in developmental math programs.  As the...

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Who Should Teach Developmental Education?

Posted by on Aug 29, 2012 in Delivery | Comments Off

Guest bloggers Leticia T. Bustillos and Tara L. Parker discuss the role of developmental education faculty in influencing the lives of unprepared students. Earlier this year, the Getting Past Go project and its partners held an online jam to bring the community of Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) into the national conversation about developmental education. Throughout the course of the jam it became increasingly clear that the challenges MSIs face and the promising practices they employ in providing developmental instruction parallel the...

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