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Thank you, Donna for sharing that. It just peaks my interests even more
though. Were there published papers from the conference?
Thank you,

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On Mon, Sep 27, 2010 at 12:13 PM, Donna Hill <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> I attended the conference last week, and it was both phenomenal and
> challenging. Here are a few of the things that I took away from the
> conference:
>
> Developmental education, in its current form, is not working. Persistence,
> retention, and graduation rates are abysmal. Thomas Bailey showed an
> interesting (yet discouraging) slide showing the percentage of students who
> drop out between each step and how few ever make it to graduation.
>
> Overall, placement tests are not doing an adequate job placing students
> into the appropriate courses. Panelists encouraged using noncognitive
> assessments in addition to the standard COMPASS or ASSET tests. I have a
> list at home of four factors to consider that I'll try to remember to bring
> tomorrow.
>
> Some of the promising practices such as learning communities,
> contextualized courses, modular courses, etc. are showing very modest
> improvement in student success. Some studies show that these interventions
> aren't making much of a difference while others demonstrate a small increase
> in retention.
>
> The main takeaway from the conference is that we need revolution as well as
> evolution. Programs are not going to solve the problems in developmental
> education; a systemic revolution must occur on campuses in order to see a
> significant change.
>
> Although this all sounds very discouraging, I am encouraged to see so many
> different organizations (NCPR, NADE, Lumina, Gates, Jobs for the Future,
> etc.) looking into ways to revolutionize developmental education.
>
> Please feel free to ask any questions you have about the conference. I'll
> do my best to answer them!
>
> Donna Hill, Chair
> English Department
> Ouachita Technical College
> One College Circle
> Malvern AR 72104
> 501.332.0251
>
>
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> Hi All,
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> Did anyone on the list attend the National Center for Postsecondary
> Research conference on developmental education held last week in New
> York?  If so, could you share the highlights?  Thanks.
>
> Annette D. Hawkins, Ed. D.
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