ERIC Number: ED475090
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Nov
What Should We Know about Developmental Education?
Lake, Pat, Ed.
Southern Association of Community, Junior, and Technical Colleges (SACJTC) Newsletter, v35 n1 Nov 2001
This document argues that the availability of developmental education is essential to the well being of the American economy and social structure. By the year 2050, U.S. citizens will be older and nearly 50% will belong to a minority group. The fastest growing population is Hispanic American, resulting from immigration and higher birth rates. This demographic change has profound implications for education, particularly because poverty has the highest correlation with educational underpreparation, and minorities, particularly immigrants, have disproportionately high poverty rates. Although the majority of underprepared students are white non-Hispanics, the nature of deficiencies differ dramatically. Two-thirds of the seriously academically deficient are minorities. The students who enroll in developmental education courses are not only half the students entering college, they are also half of those who will proceed to fill standard college courses, and half of America's future high skill work force. Students who succeed in completing remediation courses do as well in standard academic classes as those who began without deficiencies. Ten years after beginning developmental courses, 98% of these students are employed and 90% are in above-minimal jobs. This article also argues that developmental education programs are ultimately cost-effective. The community college developmental programs that are most successful have integrated programs involving classes, counseling, learning laboratories, and other support services. (NB)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southern Association of Community, Junior, and Technical Colleges.
Note: Published irregularly. Theme issue.