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Here are the definition and goals as we drafted them:
 
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.
Developmental Education is sensitive and responsive to the 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.
 
Goals:
 
1.  to preserve and make possible educational opportunity for each
postsecondary learner
 
2.  to develop in each learner the skills and attitudes necessary for the
attainment of academic, career, and life goals
 
3.  to ensure proper placement by assessing each learner's level of
preparedness for college course work
 
4.  to maintain academic standards by enabling learners to acquire
competencies needed for success in mainstream college courses
 
5.  to enhance the retention of students
 
6.  to promote the continued development and application of cognitive and
affective learning theory
 
- Jim Melko