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Data show that it is critically important to address developmental education needs effectively, as early as possible in a student's higher education career, to give them the best chance of completing a college degree. What is Massachusetts public higher education doing to improve developmental education? Which models seem to work best? Presented at a meeting of the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education on December 6, 2011.

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  • 1. Board of Higher Education Meeting | December 6, 2011
  • 2.
    • Developmental Education
  • 3. Developmental Education: College Readiness
    • Massachusetts Leadership in K-12 Education
    • High achievement on K-12 outcomes does not mean everyone graduates HS ready for college
  • 4. Developmental Education: College Readiness
    • Massachusetts Leadership in K-12 Education
    • College Readiness is especially low for certain population groups
  • 5. Developmental Education: College Readiness
    • Massachusetts Leadership in K-12 Education
    • College Readiness is especially low for certain population groups
  • 6. Developmental Education: College Readiness
    • Massachusetts Leadership in K-12 Education
    • College Readiness is especially low for certain population groups
  • 7. Developmental Education: Enrollment
    • Enrollment in Developmental Education
    • First-time Student Fall Enrollment in Developmental Education, Mass Residents
    Source: Massachusetts Department of Higher Education
  • 8. Developmental Education: Enrollment
    • First-time Student Fall Enrollment in Developmental Education, Mass Residents
    • Enrollment in Developmental Education
    Source: Massachusetts Department of Higher Education.
  • 9. Developmental Education: Enrollment
    • Developmental Education Enrollment by Subject
    • Enrollment in Developmental Education
    Source: Massachusetts Department of Higher Education.
  • 10. Developmental Education: Why it Matters
    • Developmental Education and Graduation
    • Community College: Graduation and Persistence of First-Time, Full-Time Degree Seeking Students by First-Term Developmental Enrollment and Completion (Fall 2006 Cohort)
      Cohort Graduated in 4 years from Initial Graduated in 4 years from Anywhere All Students 11,716 20.9% 23.4% Did Not Enroll In Developmental 4,549 26.2% 29.7% Enrolled in Developmental 7,167 17.5% 19.5% Completed Developmental 4,308 25.6% 28.1% Did Not Complete Developmental 2,614 4.8% 5.7%
  • 11. Developmental Education: Why it Matters
    • Four -Year Graduation Rate (from anywhere) of First-Time, Full-Time Degree-Seeking Students Enrolling in a Community College in Fall 2006 by First-Term Developmental Education Enrollment and Completion Status
    • Developmental Education and Graduation
  • 12. Developmental Education: Why it Matters
    • Developmental Education and Graduation
    • Effect on closing the graduation gaps at community colleges
    • If Black students enrolled in and completed developmental education at the same level of White students, Black graduation rates would potentially increase from 15.9% to 18.5%. This would reduce the Black/White graduation gap from 10 percentage points to 7.3 percentage points.
    • If Hispanic students enrolled in and completed developmental education at the same level of White students, Hispanic graduation rates would potentially increase from 15.5% to 17.0%. This would reduce the Hispanic/White graduation gap from 10.4 percentage points to 8.8 percentage points.
  • 13.  
  • 14. Working Group on Graduation and Student Success Rates
    • National Crisis
      • Fewer than 25% of students in dev ed ever get a degree
      • National annual cost of $2.5 billion or more
      • All state and institutions confront challenges
    • Responses
      • Growing body of research literature
      • Foundation support
      • National initiatives
    • National Context
  • 15. Working Group on Graduation and Student Success Rates
    • Assessment and Placement
      • Diagnostics
      • Multiple measures
      • Open Access
    • Accelerated Delivery
      • Mainstreaming
      • Modularization
      • Contextualization
      • Compression
      • Student Support
    • Emergent Strategies
  • 16. Working Group on Graduation and Student Success Rates
    • Curricular Redesign
      • “ Statway”
    • Pedagogy/Faculty support
    • Emergent Strategies
  • 17. Working Group on Graduation and Student Success Rates
    • States to Watch
    • Virginia
    • Texas
    • North Carolina
  • 18. Working Group on Graduation and Student Success Rates
    • State-Level Recommendations and Actions
    • Transform Developmental Education
    • Create a statewide developmental education task force
    • Collect and analyze developmental education student progression data
    • Identify mathematical competencies needed to inform focus for developmental math education
    • Support campus collaboration / best practices
      • Accelerated Developmental Education Focused Meetings
      • Math Developmental Education Conference
  • 19. Working Group on Graduation and Student Success Rates
    • Sample Initiatives
    • Boot Camps – Quinsigamond CC
    • Compression – Mount Wachusett Cc
    • Modularization – Bridgewater State University
    • Contextualization – Community College System
    • Campus Actions
  • 20.