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ERIC Number: ED539874
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Dec
Pages: 54
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 23
Ahead of the Curve: State Success in the Developmental Education Initiative
Altstadt, David
Jobs for the Future
Building on their work through Achieving the Dream, six states and 15 community colleges joined the Developmental Education Initiative (DEI) in 2009 to take on one of higher education's most daunting challenges: improving the success of students who enter community college academically underprepared. The states and Jobs for the Future, which manages the state policy effort for both initiatives, developed the ambitious, evidence-based DEI State Policy Framework to guide large-scale, multifaceted reforms in how community colleges remediate the academic deficiencies of underprepared students. The DEI State Policy Framework targets five policy levers for state action: data and performance measurement; developmental education innovation and redesign; aligned expectations with K-12; assessment and placement; and finance. Within those five policy levers, JFF and the DEI states selected 55 distinct priorities, representing collective thinking on the most promising steps that states could take to improve college success for students placing into developmental education as of the out set of DEI. Additionally, a three-part strategy--data-driven improvement, commitment to innovation, and policy supports--establishes the intended goals of state action on the five policy levers. Three years later, Connecticut, Florida, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas, and Virginia have made significant progress in adopting the DEI policy recommendations, thereby augmenting, accelerating, and spreading developmental education systems change across their community colleges. The Developmental Education Initiative is winding down, yet these states will continue their policy efforts to improve student success through participation in the Postsecondary State Policy Network, which includes states in Achieving the Dream, Completion by Design, and the Student Success Center Network. DEI Self-Assessment Tool is appended. (Contains 6 tables, 8 figures and 6 endnotes.) [For executive summary, "Ahead of the Curve: State Success in the Developmental Education Initiative. Executive Summary," see ED539875.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Jobs for the Future
Identifiers - Location: Connecticut; Florida; North Carolina; Ohio; Texas; Virginia