CDHE Task Force 9 28 12


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Task force recommendations including Multiple placement criteria - assessments, secondary diagnostics, HS transcripts, compression of English and Reading, contextualized curriculum – learning communities, writing across the curriculum, curriculum at all levels customizable to student needs – hybrid formats, modular labs, cognitive and non- cognitive supports, faculty Professional Development

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CDHE Task Force 9 28 12

  1. 1. Redesigning Developmental Education in Colorado: Evolving Recommendations from the Developmental Education Task Force Bitsy Cohn CCCS Developmental Education Coordinator
  2. 2. Emerging recommendations Themes Multiple placement criteria - assessments, secondary diagnostics, HS transcripts Compression of English and Reading Contextualized curriculum – learning communities, writing across the curriculum Curriculum at all levels customizable to student needs – hybrid formats, modular labs Cognitive and non- cognitive supports Faculty Professional Development
  3. 3. MATH ◦ Multiple developmental sequences/paths/branches available to students based on their career/major interest. ◦ Non-credit “soft landing” options for colleges to deliver depending on student and staffing needs – could include referral to ABE programs, boot camp, AAA Accuplacer preparation, MFL, Aleks, MOOC’s, tutoring ◦ Each course in each developmental sequence should be redesigned to only cover content necessary for the college level course success. ◦ Co-requisite AAA requirement ◦ Multiple models for delivery
  4. 4. English and reading • Develop a compression/co-requisite model that allows students to enter 100 level classes no later than the second semester • Mainstreaming - co-enrollment in 100 level course ex. ENG090 with ENG 121 • Compression - two sections of developmental coursework in one semester • Integration and compression ex. ENG/REA 060 • Secondary writing assessment – WritePlacer or writing sample scored with a standardized rubric
  5. 5. Faculty support and development ◦ Redefined full-time course load ◦ Fund a system of faculty and staff support to carry out developmental education redesign. ◦ Expand advising to all students who test into developmental math ◦ Offer limited full time positions during the implementation phase of this work to stabilize our workforce to allow for program adoption to scale.
  6. 6. Assessment ◦ An institutional administrator (IA) for Accuplacer is needed at the system level for all colleges instead of decentralized at each college. ◦ The CO Accuplacer scores should be validated every 3-5 years consistent with test recommendations from the College Board. ◦ Following a revision of all developmental education curriculum, develop a Colorado Accuplacer.
  7. 7. Assessment  Following a revision of all developmental education curriculum, develop a Colorado Accuplacer.  Have Testing Center Directors/designated experts meet to determine processes and procedures that can be standardized across colleges. To include but not limited to: Retakes, Common non-cognitive questions, and test cost.
  8. 8. Assessment  Accuplacer scores need to be re-standardized to a norm this should be done by a system IA. Knowing that faculty/chairs can still allow students to override into courses.  Calculators should be allowed on the Accuplacer to align our pedagogical framework with the K-12 and four-year system methodology.  Once the curriculum is developed for each area or concurrently we need to work with College Board to change the strands for our Accuplacer. This needs to be flexible and allow for changes over a period of time so we can see where students are successful and make amendments to the test as appropriate.
  9. 9. Timeline  Currently conducting regional meetings  Recommendations due to the State Board of Community Colleges and Occupational Education (SBCCOE) in February  Begin implementation planning
  10. 10. Creative Commons Attribution Unless otherwise specified, this work by the Colorado Community College System is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License. The material was created with funds from the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Grant awarded to the Colorado Online Energy Training Consortium (COETC).