ERIC Number: ED459662
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
The Future of Developmental Education.
This paper discusses current issues and trends in developmental education. The biggest trend is expected to be the concurrent development of learning strategies while students are enrolled in graduation-credit content courses. Separate developmental education courses will be mainstreamed into the traditional college course work in a variety of ways, just as there are a variety of ways to embed study strategies into course content. At present, the predominant approach today is based on a medical model of diagnosing students and then prescriptively placing them in separate developmental education courses or mandated activities, but there are trends forming nationwide to eliminate developmental education from public four-year institutions. Part of this effort is based on the belief that developmental education courses help water down the academic standards of all courses on campus. In fact, developmental education programs permit professors to maintain high academic standards, since students can develop the requisite skills in a separate developmental course or an adjunct academic support activity. It is not correct to think that raising admission standards would eliminate the need for developmental education, nor is it correct to think that developmental students need not be a high priority for colleges. Nor can developmental education be left to the community colleges. The nontraditional student of 5 to 10 years ago is the traditional student today, and these students did not move or commute to attend a two-year college exclusively. An ideal academic support program could be developed to focus on learning and academic enrichment for all students. (SLD)
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