New Strategies for Developmental Education: Building on an Achieving the Dream Foundation

It is estimated that that nearly 60 percent of students enrolling in community college must take remedial classes to build their basic academic skills. For low-income students and students of color, the figure topped 90 percent at some colleges. Though remedial classes cost taxpayers more than $2 billion a year, many of these students do not complete remedial classes or continue on to graduate.

The Developmental Education Initiative consists of 15 Achieving the Dream community colleges that are building on demonstrated results in developmental education innovations at their institutions. Six states are committed to further advancement of their Achieving the Dream state policy work in the developmental education realm. With funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Lumina Foundation for Education, the initiative aims to expand groundbreaking remedial education programs that experts say are key to dramatically boosting the college completion rates of low-income students and students of color.The innovations developed by the colleges and states participating in the Developmental Education Initiative will help community colleges understand what programs are effective in helping students needing developmental education succeed and how to deliver these results to even more students.

This report provides a framework for the Developmental Education Initiative.

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