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Developmental Education Reform: Promising Practices That Are Making A Difference

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Developmental Education Reform: Promising Practices That Are Making A Difference

Time: October 23, 2012 from 3pm to 4:30pm
Location: Online
Event Type: online, webinar
Organized By: Innovative Educators
Latest Activity: Oct 4, 2012

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Tuesday, October 23, 3:00-4:30pm EDT


NOTE: Payment is not due prior to due date. The recording is included and is accessible for one full year.

Institutions across the United States that offer developmental and remedial coursework are under a microscope, with traditional course sequences starting to be referred to on a national level as a "bridge to nowhere." Unfortunately, this is not an entirely inaccurate statement. The sequences in developmental education ask students to take years of coursework that do not count toward a certificate or degree. With well-documented poor retention rates, they leave our institutions with no credit and a great deal of debt.

The Colorado Community College System Board has charged a group of faculty, staff, and administrators with redesigning delivery of developmental education. Looking at assessment, placement, enrollment, course sequences, and completion, the group is taking a comprehensive look at how we can best deliver developmental education to students in a more effective way. This session will examine the board's specific work to date including a review of prominent national models and ideas to consider when approaching similar redesign work. Participants will review the current state of developmental education and look at new national models to improve student success.

- Review the current state of developmental education
- Share different national models for improving student success
- Identify resources they can use to improve delivery of developmental education
- Determine which departments should be engaged in redesign efforts

- 2 year institutions and 4 year institutions that offer developmental education
- President
- Vice President of Academic Affairs/Instruction
- Dean of Instruction
- Faculty (full and part-time)
- Admissions
- Advising
- Counseling
- Career Services
- Retention Specialist
- Developmental Educators
- First Year Experience Coordinators
- Learning Centers
- Tutoring

Casey Sacks works at the Colorado Community College System (CCCS) office in Academic Affairs with programs in developmental education and career and technical education. The CCCS comprises the state's largest system of higher education, serving more than 162,000 students annually. CCCS oversees career and academic programs in the 13 state community colleges and career and technical programs in more than 160 school districts and six other post-secondary institutions.

Sacks' current work focuses on statewide reform in developmental education. To that end, she is the project lead for a Department of Labor Trade Adjustment Assistance grant and a Complete College America grant. Both grant projects are aimed at funding developmental education redesign efforts in Colorado and dovetail with the policy work that is happening at the state level. Sacks completed her doctorate in higher education administration at Bowling Green State University in Ohio specializing in institutional planning and finance. She completed her dissertation on student conduct and academic honesty and still collaborates with her colleagues in student affairs on policy issues related to student conduct.

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