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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