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Developmental Education Best Practices


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Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 10:45 AM-11:45 AM

Sarah Stoeckel, Academic Advisor, Eastern Florida State College
Matt Wetzel, Campus Dual Enrollment Coordinator, Florida State College at Jacksonville

Description: Recent state legislation has resulted in many institutions restructuring the developmental education courses they offer. This legislation will be discussed along with the positive and negative impacts it is having on institutions. Lastly, you will learn some of the best practices from across the state as institutions are handling the situation differently and getting creative with their course offerings.

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Developmental Education Best Practices

  1. 1. November 12, 2015 10:45am Sarah Stoeckel, M.A. Eastern Florida State College Matt Wetzel, M.S. Florida State College at Jacksonville Developmental Education
  2. 2. @myafchome #AFC66 @myafchome #AFC66 • Statutes • Definitions • Strategies • Delivery/Courses • Best Practices • Summary Overview
  3. 3. @myafchome #AFC66 @myafchome #AFC66 • 1008.30 (5b) Beginning October 31, 2015, each Florida College System institution shall annually prepare an accountability report that includes student success data relating to each developmental education strategy implemented by the institution • SB 1720 The bill restructures remedial college preparatory instruction as developmental education and requires Florida College System institutions to provide developmental education that is more tailored to the specific communication and computation skills a student needs to develop to be successful in performing college- level work. The bill does not repeal non-credit courses but requires colleges to offer developmental education options a student may pursue while also enrolled in college- credit courses. Students whose test scores indicate the need for developmental education must be advised of options and may enroll in the developmental education options of their choice. – The bill specifies that two groups of students must not be required to take the common placement test or to enroll in developmental education – The bill requires colleges to accelerated courses using one of the four strategies – The bill requires changes in advising to include meta-majors Statutes
  4. 4. @myafchome #AFC66 @myafchome #AFC66 • “Developmental education is a field of practice and research within higher education with a theoretical foundation in developmental psychology and learning theory. It promotes the cognitive and affective growth of all postsecondary learners, at all levels of the learning continuum” (NADE, 2015) • Developmental education is sensitive and responsive to individual differences and special needs among learners. Developmental education programs and services commonly address academic preparedness, diagnostic assessment and placement, development of general and discipline- specific learning strategies, and affective barriers to learning. Developmental education includes, but is not limited: • All forms of learning assistance, such as tutoring, mentoring, and supplemental instruction, • Personal, academic, and career counseling, • Academic advisement, and • Coursework (NADE, 2015) Definition
  5. 5. @myafchome #AFC66 @myafchome #AFC66 • Modularized instruction is an acceleration strategy targeting specific skill gaps where particular deficiencies are identified and focused interventions are implemented to remediate them. Material is de- constructed/chunked into sub-unit parts and condensed into component pieces that address precise skill area deficiencies. • Compressed provides more intensive course content delivery through increased time on task within a shortened timeframe (e.g. 16 hours per week for 3 weeks rather than 3 hours per week for 16 weeks). Instruction is redesigned and concentrated to reduce the amount of time students spend in developmental education. A distinguishing characteristic is that the intensity is increased and the duration of the instructional interaction is reduced to allow the student to progress at a faster pace. Strategies
  6. 6. @myafchome #AFC66 @myafchome #AFC66 • Contextualized developmental instruction is organized around “real world” applied problem solving activities built on the student’s interests and goals. Meta majors may play a role. Contextualized instruction is characterized by the sustained systematic use of a single theme related to the student’s academic and/or life goals. • Co-requisite course based developmental instruction or tutoring supplements credit instruction while a student is concurrently enrolled in a credit-bearing entry level gateway Math or English (Writing or Reading) course. The co-requisite approach used a companion course or instructional activity to provide extra support. Co-requisite activities provide extra time on task to assist in the mastery of course materials. Strategies
  7. 7. @myafchome #AFC66 @myafchome #AFC66 • Traditional (Lecture) • Computer-Enhanced (Software) • Lab Enhanced (Library or Library Commons) • Learning Communities (Peer Assisted Learning) Delivery Methods
  8. 8. @myafchome #AFC66 @myafchome #AFC66 • REAV 0007 (4)  REAV 0017 (4) • ENCV 0015  ENCV 0025 (4) • MATV 0018 (3)  MATV 0028 (3) or MATV 0022 • ENCV 0056 (2) • REAV 0056 (2) • ENCV 0027 (4) • MATV 0057 (3) • ENG 1002 (3) • Online and mini-mesters (compressed) Courses- EFSC
  9. 9. @myafchome #AFC66 @myafchome #AFC66 • REA 0007 (4)  REA 0017 (4) or • REA 0056 (1)  REA 0055 (1) • REA 1105 (3) • ENC 0015 (4)  ENC 0025 (4) or • ENC 0056 (1)  ENC 0055 (1) • ENC 1101C (4) • MAT 0018  MAT 0028 or • MAT 0055  MAT 0056 • Courses- FSCJ
  10. 10. @myafchome #AFC66 @myafchome #AFC66 • Compression vs. Modularized; more compressed; math modularized higher success rate; writing/reading compression higher success rate • Advising sessions- A1, A2, A3 holds; tutoring; core scholar program; math boot camp • High school students who were exempt had lower success rates in math and writing; however, very few chose to take them • Waiting on success rates for students who tested into developmental education courses but chose to opt out • Age 20-24 lower success rates; female math success rate had the largest gap; male reading largest gap; economically disadvantaged lower success rates Statistics- EFSC
  11. 11. @myafchome #AFC66 @myafchome #AFC66 • Compression higher success rates • ENC 1101C consistent/slightly higher success rate than ENC 1101 though fewer enrollees • College level math success rates went down Statistics- FSCJ
  12. 12. @myafchome #AFC66 @myafchome #AFC66 • Student Engagement/Advising • Learning Communities- Peer Tutors • College credit courses (Biology) w/ developmental math Case Studies Best Practices
  13. 13. @myafchome #AFC66 @myafchome #AFC66 • Chipola College: represent small town rural colleges (2008) – Success rates: math, reading, & writing all higher than state averages – Committed leadership- inclusive philosophy – Innovative instruction- supplemental instruction (labs, tutoring, help from faculty after class, ACE academic center for excellence, majority full-time faculty, consistent curriculum/course delivery) (2015 Chancellor Best Practice recipient) – Student support services- informal advising- faculty members receive training (orientation, testing, financial aid), academic plans, attendance monitoring Best Practices
  14. 14. @myafchome #AFC66 @myafchome #AFC66 • College of Central Florida: represent medium size suburban colleges (2008) – Success rates: math success rates higher than state averages; reading/writing lower than state averages – Committed leadership- holistic and personalized approach – Innovative instruction- learning communities, consistent curriculum and course delivery, supplemental instruction – Student Support Services- informal advising, early alert system Best Practices
  15. 15. @myafchome #AFC66 @myafchome #AFC66 • Daytona State: represent large urban colleges (2008) – Success rates: math, reading, & writing all higher than state averages – Committed leadership; inclusive philosophy – Innovative instruction; accelerated courses, consistent curriculum and course delivery, faculty initiative, supplemental instruction – Student Support Services- formal advising, track alert system, SLS courses Best Practices
  16. 16. @myafchome #AFC66 @myafchome #AFC66 • Good intent with legislation • Open Access of colleges • Many students enter under prepared- approximately 60% of community college students need developmental education • Pros/Cons- quicker time, funding, success rates • College plans as of Fall 2014: – Redesign instructional strategies – Implement a more involved advising process – Increase the number of support services available to all students What are YOU doing at your institution? What’s important?
  17. 17. @myafchome #AFC66 @myafchome #AFC66 Education of 2013, CS/CS/SB 1720, FL-S, 2013 content/uploads/2014/10/Implementation_Plan_Report_July2014.pdf FSCJ, Source of Student Enrollment Data: The Office of the Executive Director, Enterprise Information Management. FSCJ, Source of Student Success and Retention Data: The Office of Institutional Analytics and Research. NADE (National Association for Developmental Education), 2015. Developmental Education definition. EFSC Developmental Education Accountability Report Ajose, L., Bhatt, R. S., Kaur, G., & Jobs for the, F. (2011). High Flyers: Policies and Strategies that Boost Developmental Education Success in Florida's Community Colleges. Jobs for the Future, 1-48. References
  18. 18. Contact Us Sarah Stoeckel Eastern Florida State College 321-433-7576 Twitter: @SarahStoeckel Matt Wetzel Florida State College at Jacksonville 904-633-8184 IG: mwetzel1825 Find us on Facebook!