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ERIC Number: ED565668
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jan
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 14
What We Know about Developmental Education Outcomes. Research Overview
Jaggars, Shanna Smith; Stacey, Georgia West
Community College Research Center, Teachers College, Columbia University
Many recent high school graduates who enter community college are required to take remedial or developmental education courses before enrolling in college-level courses. Developmental courses essentially reteach high school- and junior high school-level content in reading, writing, and math. In some cases, students are referred to two or even three courses of developmental education in a single subject area. The annual cost of providing remediation to community college students nationwide has been estimated at approximately $7 billion. Only 28 percent of community college students who take a developmental education course go on to earn a degree within eight years, and many students assigned to developmental courses drop out before completing their sequence and enrolling in college-level courses. A number of rigorous studies have been undertaken to assess the extent to which the traditional system of developmental education helps students into and through college-level coursework. These studies are discussed in this report.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education; Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Authoring Institution: Columbia University, Community College Research Center
IES Cited: ED556127