ERIC Number: EJ1021938
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Who Places into Developmental Education and Why
Pretlow, Joshua, III; Wathington, Heather D.
Community College Journal of Research and Practice, v37 n10 p794-799 2013
Having garnered national attention, high failure rates in developmental education present a significant barrier to state and national policymakers' goals of increasing the percentage of adults who earn a college credential. However, a majority of the research fails to consider why students place into developmental education. This piece examines a sample of recent high school graduates in Texas who placed into developmental education with the goal of gaining a more nuanced understanding of why these students required remediation. We find that rather than simply blaming the students for their failure to learn basic skills, there are concrete and actionable steps that policymakers and practitioners can take to help students avoid remediation, important actions that would increase students' chances of earning a postsecondary credential.
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, Developmental Studies Programs, Summer Programs, Student Surveys, Student Characteristics, Self Concept, College Credits, State Policy, Educational Policy, Student Placement, College School Cooperation, Remedial Programs
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: Policymakers; Practitioners
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Identifiers - Location: Texas
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