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Hello All,
Once we implemented developmental courses on our 4-year campus in fall of 2011 our retention went from 47% to 70%.  We have maintained that rate thus far.

Thanks!

Jenny Briney, M.A.
Director of the Center for Learning Excellence
Developmental Education Specialist
Certified Learning Center Professional-Level 2
Education Complex-RM #206
MacMurray College
447 East College Avenue
Jacksonville, IL 62650
217-479-7178
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This is very interesting. I wonder what systemic forces might be at work at the four-year level and if there is any variation between departments. It seems that developmental coursework might keep someone out of a prereq during the term they need it, for example.

Larina Warnock
Developmental Studies Instructor
WH214
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On Tue, Apr 8, 2014 at 9:28 AM, Nic Voge <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Intriguing. This makes sense to me: "We need further investigation of 
> the ingredients for success at those colleges where taking 
> developmental coursework..."
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> I think these courses should be conceptualized as preparatory
> (prospective) more than remedial (retrospective) in focus. What do 
> receiving institutions expect of students seems to me to be a crucial 
> question with lots of different answers.
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> On Apr 8, 2014, at 11:06 AM, Norman Stahl wrote:
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>  Remedial courses fail bachelor's degree seekers, but boost those in
>> associate's programs
>> April 7th, 2014 in Other Sciences / Social Sciences
>>
>>
>> Taking remedial courses at the four-year college level may hold 
>> students back from earning their bachelor's degrees, but at the 
>> community college level remedial education can help earn an 
>> associate's degree, according to researchers from Boston College's Lynch School of Education.
>> The role of remedial education has been under scrutiny for years, 
>> viewed as an essential tool in efforts to raise rates of degree 
>> completion. At the same time, critics question whether the courses 
>> are appropriate for institutions of higher education.
>> The answer may not be so simple, according to Lynch School researcher 
>> Katherine A. Shields and Associate Professor of Education Laura M. 
>> O'Dwyer, who reviewed a federal database of interviews and academic 
>> transcript data from more than 10,000 students at 670 two- and four-year institutions.
>> At four-year colleges, students who took three or more remedial 
>> courses struggled to attain a bachelor's degree when compared to 
>> similar peers who took no remedial courses, according to the 
>> researchers, who presented their findings today at the American 
>> Educational Research Association (AERA) annual meeting in Philadelphia.
>> Among students at two-year colleges, taking developmental education 
>> courses was associated with better odds of earning an associate's 
>> degree but no higher within six years of enrollment, Shields and 
>> O'Dwyer discovered, drawing on data collected from college students 
>> between 2004 and 2009.
>> When the researchers looked at the relationship of taking remedial 
>> courses to the chances of two-year college students ultimately 
>> earning a bachelor's degree, the potential benefits of the courses disappeared.
>> Taking three or more remedial courses at the two-year college level 
>> was negatively associated with attaining a bachelor's degree, they found.
>> Developmental education may divert them from transferring to complete 
>> a higher degree.
>> In addition, the results of remedial courses varied from one two-year 
>> institution to another, which may reflect the diversity of new 
>> developmental course models arising during the period of the study, 
>> according to O'Dwyer, a specialist in educational research, 
>> measurement, and evaluation.
>> Shields said the results show that remedial education at the two-year 
>> level is not a hindrance in the same way as it seems to be at the 
>> four-year level, but researchers need to delve into which types of 
>> programs are the most effective and why.
>> "We need further investigation of the ingredients for success at 
>> those colleges where taking developmental coursework doesn't hold 
>> students back from finishing an associate's degree," Shields said. 
>> "Are there institutional policies that do a better job of matching 
>> students to courses? Are innovations in developmental curriculum 
>> paying off? The picture looks a lot more complex than in the four-year setting."
>> More information: O'Dwyer and Shields will present their paper 
>> "College Completion and Remedial Education: Do Institutional 
>> Characteristics Make a Difference?" at 8:15 a.m. on Monday, April 7. 
>> For more information about the session, please see this link.
>>
>> Provided by Boston College
>>
>> "Remedial courses fail bachelor's degree seekers, but boost those in 
>> associate's programs." April 7th, 2014. http://phys.org/news/2014-04- 
>> remedial-courses-bachelor-degree-seekers.html
>>
>>
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