Setting Up Success In Developmental Education: How State Policy Can Help Community Colleges Improve Student Outcomes

The large number of students in community colleges who must take developmental or remedial education courses before they can succeed in college-level work severely threatens their chances of earning credentials and degrees. It also contributes to the erosion of the nation's primacy in education attainment among competitor nations. This policy brief describes the important role that state policy can play in helping community colleges advance students who are placed in developmental education. Setting Up Success in Developmental Education highlights the ways in which 15 states have approached improving outcomes for students who test into developmental education. These states —Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, and Washington — are participants in Achieving the Dream: Community Colleges Count, a national initiative focused on student success and funded by Lumina Foundation for Education and 18 other funders.

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