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ERIC Number: EJ1097605
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Advances in Online Developmental Education: An Accelerated, Synchronous Approach at Rasmussen College
Doherty, Brooks
NADE Digest, v9 n1 p6-7 Win 2016
Driven by faculty-based action research, redesigned residential and online courses, and changes to placement testing, Rasmussen College increased its developmental education pass rates by double digits while decreasing the number and percentage of students who require remedial coursework. Like many institutions of higher education, Rasmussen College prioritizes developmental education given its impact on new-student experience, graduation, and overall institutional health. In 2012, the college committed to an overhaul of developmental education in an effort to improve outcomes. At the time, Rasmussen College's developmental education experience included four courses into which student were placed through examination: (1) integrated reading and writing; (2) pre-algebra; (3) intermediate algebra; and (4) geometry. Pass rates fluctuated by term, but often hovered around 50 percent, meaning the other half of the student population were either failing or withdrawing. This required reform. Rasmussen College is a regionally-accredited college founded in 1900 near Saint Paul, Minnesota. A career-focused, baccalaureate institution, Rasmussen College offers online, on-ground, and blended courses, though most of its learning seats--including approximately 85 percent of those in developmental education coursework--are online. Thus, the challenge was not only to improve the developmental education experience, but to do so in a largely online environment. This article discusses the changes made for the improvement of online developmental education at Rasmussen College through an accelerated, synchronous approach.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Minnesota
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