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NextDev Challenge

Last November, the Education Commission of the States’ Getting Past Go project sponsored a first-of-its kind online event: The NextDev Challenge: Moving the Needle on Developmental Education Reform. The goal was to identify and highlight innovative strategies, practices, and policies that have a track record of improving student success and the potential to transform developmental education.

800 people registered; 80 innovations were submitted; and 300 people reviewed the submissions. Check out the NextDev Challenge website for more information.

As a follow up, Getting Past Go held the NextDev Convening in May 2013 to examine the opportunities and challenges for innovative developmental education strategies to improve student success and to be replicated. Several of the most promising programs that were submitted to the online challenge were featured at the convening. The meeting agenda, handouts, and presentations are posted on the NextDev Convening webpage.

We also produced summary briefs that highlighted more established as well as promising developmental education models in the following four areas:

Assessment and Placement
Instructional Delivery
Student Supports
Statewide Redesign

The Getting Past Go staff sincerely thank our NextDev partners for their support and contributions.
Complete College America (CCA)
Global Skills for College Completion (GSCC)
Jobs for the Future (JFF)
National Association for Developmental Education (NADE)
National Center for Developmental Education (NCDE)

Please contact Mary Fulton at for questions regarding the NextDev Challenge.

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