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ERIC Number: ED512365
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
Pages: 28
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 25
Something's Got to Give: California Can't Improve College Completions without Rethinking Developmental Education at Its Community Colleges
Perry, Mary; Rosin, Matthew
This report draws from a recent EdSource study that was commissioned by the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office (CCCCO) to provide a deeper understanding of the system's challenges and opportunities related to developmental education. It provides some insights into how well the community colleges are currently positioned to respond to these pressures. It also details how students have moved through remedial course sequences in writing and mathematics, which students take these courses, and the extent to which their starting levels and course-taking behaviors appear to relate to their achievement of long-term academic goals. Growing concern about low levels of student success and completion--fostered in part by a plethora of recent reports on the topic--has prompted new state efforts to change policy in support of improvement. As community college officials and state leaders consider ways to pursue these goals for the system, they will be forced to confront their commitment to providing open access as well. The findings from this study can help illuminate some leverage points for reconciling those two challenges that sometimes seem so at odds. (Contains 8 figures and 2 endnotes.) [This report was researched and written with Kathryn Morgan Woodward and Peter Bahr. This report draws extensively from an EdSource research study released to the public in October 2010, "Course-taking patterns, policies, and practices in developmental education in the California Community Colleges" (ED512364).]
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Authoring Institution: EdSource
Identifiers - Location: California