ERIC Number: ED454894
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
West Virginia Association for Developmental Education Annual Report, February 2001.
Parks, Nancy W.
This report discusses the state of developmental education in West Virginia from the perspectives of faculty, staff, and administrators throughout the state. It begins by defining developmental education as more than just "remedial" education and relying on faculty, focused coursework, and peer and professional support to help students overcome academic deficiencies. The report lists several reasons why colleges offer developmental education programs: (1) there are no state standards in any state that require high school seniors to demonstrate their readiness for entry into introductory college courses; (2) many previously "unskilled" jobs now call for a more educated workforce; and (3) many non-native students enroll in developmental skills courses as part of their orientation to American college life. Also described are educators' concerns about developmental education, which include: (1) colleges and universities may use inappropriate placement mechanisms; (2) developmental programs rely too heavily on part-time employees; (3) administrators often assume that human faculty can be replaced with technology; and (4) students are enrolling in developmental skills classes before they have graduated from high school. The report ends with profiles of developmental studies programs at various colleges in West Virginia, including Shepherd College, Potomac State College, West Virginia State College, and seven others. (EMH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: West Virginia Association for Developmental Education.