Developmental Education Redesign: Decreasing Attrition and Time to Completion at Oregon’s Community Colleges
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The Oregon Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development (CCWD) recently examined Oregon's community colleges service to their citizens and the effectiveness of their programs. Working with teams from Oregon’s 17 community colleges, it focused not on all aspects of our colleges’ missions and programs but on a particular slice, albeit a very large and important one: developmental education. This examination mirrored that which many states – Colorado, Tennessee, Hawaii and Utah among them – have undertaken to address new and compelling research showing that the current structure of developmental education is not working. Long, course sequences common in developmental education programs are driving students out of our colleges.
This report presents a path forward for the reinvention of developmental education in Oregon.