According to a joint statement from the Charles A. Dana Center, Complete College America, Education Commission of the States, and Jobs For the Future, half of all undergraduates and 70 percent of community college students in the U.S. take at least one developmental course, and their college completion rates are dismal: only about a quarter of community college students who take a developmental course graduates within eight years.
NGLC’s investments across the four areas of our funding framework attempt to change this dynamic by looking for new models, new strategies, and dramatically improved outcomes.
- Higher ed tech innovation grant recipients have developed blended learning course models, supplemental resources, and analytics-driven interventions to help students complete the developmental sequence prepared for success in college-level coursework.
- Some grant recipients are bringing developmental coursework into high school or alongside college credit-bearing coursework.
- K-12 breakthrough models are focused on graduating students who are college ready and can bypass developmental education altogether.
These individual innovations, when taken together, may have the power to transform systems and improve outcomes on a national scale.
Resources on Developmental Education
- Higher Ed
- Iris Palmer, New America Foundation, March 2016.
- Thomas Bailey, Nikki Edgecombe, Davis Jenkins, Community College Research Center, Dec 2014. Paper presents a framework for a college intake process designed to help all students enter a college program of study.
- John Levi Hilton III, T. Jared Robinson, David Wiley, and J. Dale Ackerman. The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, Vol 15, No 2 (2014).
- The fourth post in our Student Success series advises educators to consider tech-enabled solutions that replace lectures with more active learning methods.
- An infographic summarizing the outcomes and lessons learned from NGLC's first wave of grantmaking
- An analysis of seven higher ed tech-enabled innovations suggesting comprehensive redesign over several academic terms has the most promise to promote deeper learning
- A Modular Approach Encourages Student Progress & Continuity in the Curriculum
- Learning support modules covering developmental math concepts are integrated into the intro math course in Columbus State's Degreein3 Program
- This higher ed tech innovation grant recipient redesigned developmental education and is now taking it to Tennessee high schools.
- Five integrated interventions and practices in use in gateway courses, esp. math at CSU and California Community Colleges
- Brief illustrating the design of this Breakthrough Models grant recipient
- Reaching thousands of students, six grant recipients’ efforts point to promising strategies for increasing the use and the effectiveness of learning analytics solutions.
- A look at the designs and scaling strategies of ten blended learning grant recipients
- By Tim Coughlan, Rebecca Pitt & Patrick McAndrew, 2013 Association for Computing Machinery SIGCHI Conference
- By Principal Investigators John Magill and Gwen Evans of OhioLINK, final grant report submitted to NGLC
- by Clint McElroy in Game Changers, an e-book published by EDUCAUSE
- Presented at ELI 2012 Online by Patrick McAndrew, Brandon Muramatsu and Jean Runyon
Developmental Education Grant Recipients
Higher Education Breakthrough Models
Columbus State University's online degree with step credentials and in-person service-learning
Higher Education Tech Innovation
Taking blended approaches to science and math courses in liberal arts colleges
Hybrid course model for entry-level math courses
Mathematics Fluency Data Collaborative, suite of math games
Online Student Profile Learning System (OSP) for developmental ed courses
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- Grant Opportunities
- Assessment for Learning Project
- Regional Funds for Breakthrough Schools
- Center for Collaborative Education, Massachusetts
- CityBridge Education, Washington, D.C.
- LEAP Innovations, Chicago, Ill.
- New England Secondary School Consortium
- New Schools for New Orleans
- Rogers Family Foundation, Oakland, Calif.
- The Colorado Coalition
- Funding Framework
- Grant Recipients
- Grant Opportunities