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Mary Fulton

Development, Discouragement, or Diversion? New Evidence on the Effects of College Remed... - 0 views

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    Finds that remediation does little to develop students' skills. But the study also finds little evidence that it discourages initial enrollment or persistence, except for students mis-assigned to remediation. Instead, the primary effect of remediation appears to be that students take remedial courses instead of college-level courses. (Judith Scott-Clayton and Olga Rodriguez, National Bureau of Economic Research, August 2012)
    Link to Abstract
    http://papers.nber.org/papers/w18328?utm_campaign=ntw&utm_medium=email&utm_source=ntw
Mary Fulton

Broken but Useful - 0 views

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    Remedial courses fail to prepare students for college-level work, but the remedial track may serve other purposes, according to a new study. The research found that being placed into remediation is not as discouraging for students as conventional wisdom holds. Also, remedial courses' primary effect as a sorting mechanism for students shouldn't be overlooked. (Inside Higher Ed, 08/21/12)
Mary Fulton

Remediation: Higher Education's Bridge to Nowhere - 0 views

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    Discusses the failures of the current college remediation policies and programs, offers suggestions to fully prepare students for college, and suggests that co-requisite and additional academic supports could help unprepared students succeed. Link provides access to Full Report, Executive Summary, Data Tables and State Profiles. (Complete College America, April 2012)
Mary Fulton

Do High-Stakes Placement Exams Predict College Success? - 0 views

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    Analyzes the predictive validity of commonly used placement assessments and finds that they are more predictive of success in math than in English, and more predictive of who is likely to do well in college-level coursework than of who is likely to fail. Also finds that using multiple measures could reduce remediation misplacements or rates. (Community College Research Center, February 2012))
Mary Fulton

Predicting Success in College: The Importance of Placement Tests and High School Transc... - 0 views

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    Examines the validity of placement tests and high school information in predicting course grades and college performance. Finds that the ACCUPLACER and COMPASS placement tests do not yield strong predictions of how students will perform in college. In contrast, high school GPAs are useful for predicting many aspects of students' college performance. (Community College Research Center, February 2012)
Mary Fulton

Student Success Courses and Educational Outcomes at Virginia Community Colleges - 0 views

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    Finds that students who enrolled in a student success course in the first semester were more likely to earn college-level credits and were more likely to persist to the second year. Also finds that students referred to remedial education were more likely to earn college-level credits if they enrolled in a student success course in their first term. (Community College Research Center, February 2012)
Mary Fulton

Serving Students, Serving California: Updating the California Community Colleges to Mee... - 0 views

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    Urges policymakers to focus the mission of community colleges in three core areas: basic skills education, career technical education and preparation for transfer to four-year universities. The Commission called for shifting adult basic education from the state education department to the community college system, and for giving more authority to the chancellor to oversee the campuses. (Little Hoover Commission, February 2012) Link to executive summary:
    http://www.lhc.ca.gov/studies/210/Executive%20Summary.pdf
Matt Smith

Colleges Misassign Many to Remedial Classes, Studies Find - 0 views

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    News article references two new CCRC reports, which suggest that more than a quarter of students placed in remedial courses could pass the gateway course with a "B." The article also indicates that using high school GPA as the placement criterion would be as good of a predictor of college success as remedial assessments.
Mary Fulton

A Matter of Degrees: Promising Practices for Community College Student Success - 0 views

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    Explores 13 promising practices for strengthening community college student engagement and success. The practices include assessment and placement, support services, remedial education, academic alert and intervention, and others. (Center for Community College Student Engagement, February 2012 )
Mary Fulton

Success Begets Success - 0 views

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    Community colleges can improve graduation rates by offering a course that teaches students how to navigate college with lessons on study skills, time management and how to find the bursar's office. Yet while "student success" courses are increasingly common, resistance remains strong at many community colleges. (Inside Higher Ed, 02/21/12)
Mary Fulton

Scaling and Sustaining: State Progress in the Developmental Education Initiative - 0 views

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    This analysis of data from the DEI Self-Assessment Tool covers policy changes between 2009 and 2010, the first year of the initiative. Includes summaries from Connecticut, Florida, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, and Texas. (Jobs for the Future, October 2011)
Mary Fulton

Using Data to Increase College and Career Readiness: A Primer for State Policymakers - 0 views

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    Discusses actions for state policymakers to take to strengthen their P-20 data systems to increase college and career readiness. (Data Quality Campaign, January 2012)
Mary Fulton

High School Feedback: An Analysis of States' Current Efforts - 0 views

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    Summarizes states' efforts to provide information on success of K-12 students after high school, such as postsecondary enrollment, remediation, persistence and degree completion. (Data Quality Campaign, December 2011)
Mary Fulton

Universities Drop Remedial Classes as Part of Reform - 0 views

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    Ohio is shifting remedial education to community colleges and soon will no longer fund these courses at most four-year institutions. The shift, along with efforts to ease credit transfers between institutions, are meant to save students money. Ohio also will be developing standards for college readiness. (Dayton Daily News, 10/09/11)
Mary Fulton

Charting Pathways to Completion for Low-Income Community College Students - 0 views

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    Examines data from Washington State to chart the educational pathways of first-time community college students, with a focus on those from disadvantaged backgrounds. Looks at rates at which students enter a program of study or concentration, amount of remediation taken by students, and rates at which students earn certificates or associate degrees, or transfer to four-year institutions. The paper makes recommendations for practitioners and policymakers. (Community College Research Center, September, 2011)
Matt Smith

Task Force Report Outlines Recommendations for Reforming Nevada Community Colleges - 2 views

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    Task force report recommends sweeping changes to how community colleges are run. Proposed changes include revamping or tweaking online education, K-12 partnerships, remedial education, tuition pricing, the funding formula and the colleges' governing system, among others.
Mary Fulton

Opening Doors to Student Success: A Synthesis of Findings from an Evaluation at Six Com... - 2 views

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    Partnering with six community colleges, MDRC developed and evaluated four distinct programs based on the following approaches: financial incentives, reforms in instructional practices, and enhancements in student services. (MDRC, March 2011)
Mary Fulton

Task Force Calls for Big Changes in Alaska Education System - 0 views

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    Article mentions a task force's recommendations that cover P-20 issues and include mandating a high school diploma or equivalency for everyone under age 21. The recommendations aim to better prepare students for success in college or careers. A final report is due to the legislature by April 1. (Anchorage Daily News, 03/10/11)
Mary Fulton

'Tracking' Revived at Community Colleges - 0 views

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    Facing dwindling state dollars and more pressure to graduate students, Texas community colleges may begin steering students who test at the lowest skill levels toward shorter vocational programs or adult basic education before attempting college academics. (San Antonio Express-News, 01/21/11)
Matt Smith

Montgomery College to look at redesigning its remedial courses - 0 views

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    The newspaper article from the Business Gazette (MD) details the efforts of Maryland communities colleges and Montgomery College, in particular, to redesign remediation by integrating basic math and English skills into vocational and specialized major courses. By including remedial curricula within major content areas, faculties hope to increase retention and completion rates for students who require college prep.
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