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ERIC Number: ED504329
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1526-2049
Rethinking Developmental Education in Community College. CCRC Brief No. 40
Bailey, Thomas
Community College Research Center, Columbia University
This Brief reviews evidence on students who enter community college with weak academic skills, and it summarizes study findings on the effectiveness of developmental education. It suggests that, on average, developmental education is not very effective in overcoming student weaknesses. The report concludes with recommendations for a reform agenda based on a comprehensive approach to assessment, more research that tracks students through their early experiences at college, a blurring of the distinction between developmental and "college-level" students that could improve pedagogy for both groups of students, and strategies to streamline developmental programs and accelerate student enrollment in college-level courses. [This Brief is based on "Challenge And Opportunity: Rethinking the Role and Function of Developmental Education in Community College. CCRC Working Paper No. 14."]
Community College Research Center. Available from: CCRC Publications. Teachers College, Columbia University, 525 West 120th Street Box 174, New York, NY 10027. Tel: 212-678-3091; Fax: 212-678-3699; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Lumina Foundation for Education
Authoring Institution: Columbia University, Community College Research Center
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A
IES Cited: ED552339