College Readiness: Developmental English

The Developmental English Team began implementation of interventions during the 2012/2013 academic year with the intent to:

Improve the accuracy of placement (See Accurate Placements Intervention)
Promote completion
Increase retention
Support students' progression through the Developmental English sequence
Provide opportunities for acceleration
Improve student success in developmental reading and writing


1. New Developmental English courses:

The reading and writing curriculum was redesigned in Fall 2012.  Each reading and writing course, previously 3-4 credits each, was replaced by a combined skills 7-credit course. The integrated courses also provide an accelerated pathway for students. Faculty were trained in new instructional methods to promote critical thinking and active learning. Data currently shows that the passing rate for the combined skills courses, which are more rigorous than the single-subject courses, have remained essentially on par. The DE-010 (lower level developmental English course) had a Fall 2015 passing rate of 60.5%. The DE 020 (higher level developmental English course) had a Fall 2015 passing rate of 69.8%. Through assessments and faculty development activities, we are utilizing best practices to prepare our students for future academic success.

2. Accelerated Learning Program

Accelerated Learning Course:
Pair DE 025 (Advanced Studies in Academic English) with EN 101, Composition I. 

Developmental English students enroll in Composition I (EN 101) with the concurrent support of a developmental English course (DE 025). Since, Fall 2012 students placed into the higher level developmental English have been allowed to electively enroll in DE 025/EN 101. Each semester, additional sections are offered and students' success rates are consistently high. Data indicates that the students who enroll in the paired courses have successful completion rates that are on par with students who enroll in EN 101 only. From Spring 2015 through Fall 2015, 76.1% of all students enrolled in EN 101 successfully passed the course.

Spring 2015 – Fall 2015:  298 students participated in the paired course/214 passed to EN 102 (74.8%*) *excludes withdrawals

Performance of former DE 025 Students in EN102:

Spring 2015-Fall 2015:  151 former DE025 students took EN 102/ 117 successfully completed EN 102 (82.4%*)  *excludes withdrawals

Developmental English Intensive Workshops: DE-INT

In Spring 2012, we began offering the Developmental English Intensive 10-Day workshops for motivated students to accelerate their progress through the Developmental English sequence. This workshop provides a unique opportunity for students to skip a level of DE or to accelerate straight to college-level English.

DE- INT (2015): 53 students participated/31 exited to EN 101 (58%)

Overall, the DE-INT workshops are successfully accelerating students' progress through the developmental sequence. Since inception, 409 students have participated and 266 (65%) have been able to exit into college-level English. Several other students were able to move up one level in the Developmental English sequence.

3. Redesigned Academic Support

To support students' efforts in the redesigned 7-credit Developmental English courses, a new model of academic support for developmental learners was developed and implemented in Fall 2015. This initiative was originally designed to provide pathways for students who scored very low on the College placement exam. Data suggests that enhanced, targeted academic support would impact not only low-scoring students, but all developmental learners. Because the combined-skill courses are more rigorous, this enhanced academic support is essential to increased passing rates for students.

The new model of academic support includes a newly renovated academic student center specifically for Developmental English Students. In this center, tutors provide weekly small-group tutoring and one-on-one study sessions. As part of the 7-credit Developmental English course, students are required to attend twenty tutoring sessions and at least two one-on-one sessions throughout the academic semester. Participation in these sessions constitutes ten percent of the student’s overall grade for the course. With increased academic support, we anticipate increasing pass rates for both DE-010 and DE-020.

ID 15256

To contact this college about this intervention, take note of the ID above, ID #15256, and then fill out the intervention contact request form

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