Remediation at Community Colleges

August 30, 2017  —  Associate’s degrees are increasingly important in connecting students to  to good jobs, but it’s also clear that entering community college unprepared means a much lower chance of actually earning the degree. In an effort to better to understand how community colleges can better support underprepared students, author Timothy Pratt interviews two SUNY Adirondack students in developmental courses to highlight the ways that these courses serve as an unintentional roadblock, and how collaboration with high schools could help to reduce remediation. The more remedial courses a student must take, the less likely they will complete them. Of community college students taking one remedial course, 74 percent complete the class, but for those taking four or more classes, just 25 percent finish all remedial coursework. For more information, read the full article from Education Next, or our report on K-12 and community college collaboration, Seizing the Moment.


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Additional Resources from Higher Ed for Higher Standards

The Leveraging ESSA series to provides several resources to support higher ed and K-12 collaboration in state ESSA plans.

Aligning Expectations
The Aligning Expectations toolkit helps higher education leaders get involved in states’ reviews of  standards and/or assessments.

Alignment Policy Brief
The Alignment Policy Brief Series is designed to elevate best practices and inform higher ed leaders of emerging collaborations with K-12.

Seizing the Moment
The Seizing the Moment report on community college alignment shows how collaboration with K–12 can better support students.

California State University System Eliminates Remedial Education

August 2, 2017 — California State University (CSU) will be eliminating remedial education and placement testing starting in fall 2018, in an effort to “facilitate equitable opportunity for first-year students to succeed.” Students who would otherwise be enrolled in remedial courses will now enroll in the credit-bearing introductory course, and have options to receive additional tutoring or take the course at a slower pace, stretching it over multiple semesters. CSU will also redesign the “Early Start” summer program for incoming freshmen who need extra preparation to count for credit and use high school grades and standardized test scores, instead of an additional placement test. Helping students graduate on-time is a system priority since Cal State has made a goal to double four-year graduation rates to 40 percent by 2025.  California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley also endorsed this change as “the right approach” in an interview with The Los Angeles Times. Earlier this summer, Texas also passed a law making co-requisite remediation the required model for students in developmental education courses.


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Additional Resources from Higher Ed for Higher Standards

The Leveraging ESSA series to provides several resources to support higher ed and K-12 collaboration in state ESSA plans.

Aligning Expectations
The Aligning Expectations toolkit helps higher education leaders get involved in states’ reviews of  standards and/or assessments.

Alignment Policy Brief
The Alignment Policy Brief Series is designed to elevate best practices and inform higher ed leaders of emerging collaborations with K-12.

Seizing the Moment
The Seizing the Moment report on community college alignment shows how collaboration with K–12 can better support students.

Kansas Districts Offering College Transition Courses Co-Developed with Community College Faculty

July 17, 2017 —  The Kansas Board of Regents charged high school educators and two-year college math faculty with creating a course to enable more graduating high school seniors to enroll into college-level math courses when they start college. Last school year, more than 35 high schools piloted the Transition to College Algebra, and at least 15 other high schools will join this school year. Students who pass this course in high school can place directly into credit-bearing coursework upon matriculation. For more information on the role that 12th grade transition courses can play in improving postsecondary transitions and success, check out our alignment policy brief on TN SAILS. Removing barriers to postsecondary success by reducing remediation will be critical to meeting the Kansas Board of Regents’ target of graduating about 53,000 students annually systemwide – see our Leveraging ESSA brief for more examples of how states are working to reach credential attainment goals.


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Additional Resources from Higher Ed for Higher Standards

The Leveraging ESSA series to provides several resources to support higher ed and K-12 collaboration in state ESSA plans.

Aligning Expectations
The Aligning Expectations toolkit helps higher education leaders get involved in states’ reviews of  standards and/or assessments.

Alignment Policy Brief
The Alignment Policy Brief Series is designed to elevate best practices and inform higher ed leaders of emerging collaborations with K-12.

Seizing the Moment
The Seizing the Moment report on community college alignment shows how collaboration with K–12 can better support students.

Minnesota State Colleges Offering Bridge Program and New Placement Option

May 20, 2017 — Starting this fall, Minnesota students can submit their 10th-grade reading and 11th-grade math scores to the state postsecondary system to demonstrate college readiness & place into credit-bearing coursework. Additionally, this summer, Minnesota State College and Universities are offering a  bridge program in math, reading, and writing to improve students’ readiness for college-level work prior to matriculation. The Summer Scholars Academy targeted students nearest to the proficiency benchmark, serving nearly 200 students. The state intends to scale the program in the future. Modeled after CUNY’s ASAP program that offers wraparound supports, students will also receive subsidized transportation and a $150 scholarship for fall tuition at a Minnesota State college or university after they successfully complete the program. Using high school assessment scores to indicate readiness and developing summer bridge courses are two of the three policies we highlight in Seizing the Moment.


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Additional Resources from Higher Ed for Higher Standards

The Leveraging ESSA series to provides several resources to support higher ed and K-12 collaboration in state ESSA plans.

Aligning Expectations
The Aligning Expectations toolkit helps higher education leaders get involved in states’ reviews of  standards and/or assessments.

Alignment Policy Brief
The Alignment Policy Brief Series is designed to elevate best practices and inform higher ed leaders of emerging collaborations with K-12.

Seizing the Moment
The Seizing the Moment report on community college alignment shows how collaboration with K–12 can better support students.

Reforming Remediation to Support College Completion

March 21, 2017 — A new report College Completion: Focus on the Finish Line from the National Center for Developmental Education calls for closer collaboration between community colleges, public schools, and community services, improved teaching and learning and fully integrated courses and student support services as three main phases of college success. “Focus[ing] on the finish line, not just first hundred meters” means looking beyond just remediation to the full range of supports necessary to support student persistence, and ultimately, completion.


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Additional Resources from Higher Ed for Higher Standards

The Leveraging ESSA series to provides several resources to support higher ed and K-12 collaboration in state ESSA plans.

Aligning Expectations
The Aligning Expectations toolkit helps higher education leaders get involved in states’ reviews of  standards and/or assessments.

Alignment Policy Brief
The Alignment Policy Brief Series is designed to elevate best practices and inform higher ed leaders of emerging collaborations with K-12.

Seizing the Moment
The Seizing the Moment report on community college alignment shows how collaboration with K–12 can better support students.

Louisiana Higher Ed and K-12 Join Forces to Tackle Remediation in High School

February 22, 2017 —The Louisiana Board of Regents and the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education are collaborating to tackle an all too common problem: too many students aren’t ready for college when they graduate. “Our initiative is to have those remedial issues fixed in high school,” Joseph Rallo, Louisiana Commissioner of Higher Education, said in The Advertiser , “Before (61) percent of students graduate and need remediation in math, let’s fix it in high school or in the summer before they go to college. That is our recommendation.” These recommendations focus on three issues: the need for remediation, opportunities to remediate in high school and how to pay for it, painting a comprehensive picture of the state’s education systems, needs, assets, gaps, and barriers in response to Act 619. For more information on how precollege interventions can improve preparedness and reduce remediation, check out our alignment brief.


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Additional Resources from Higher Ed for Higher Standards

The Leveraging ESSA series to provides several resources to support higher ed and K-12 collaboration in state ESSA plans.

Aligning Expectations
The Aligning Expectations toolkit helps higher education leaders get involved in states’ reviews of  standards and/or assessments.

Alignment Policy Brief
The Alignment Policy Brief Series is designed to elevate best practices and inform higher ed leaders of emerging collaborations with K-12.

Seizing the Moment
The Seizing the Moment report on community college alignment shows how collaboration with K–12 can better support students.

Redesigning Remediation through ‘Learning to Learn’

February 14, 2017 — Boston College ‘s Learning to Learn model is getting results – 95 percent of the 150+ low-income, underrepresented and first-generation college students who completed the course in the last decade successfully earned a degree in four years. This alternative to remedial courses teaches critical thinking, reading, note-taking and test preparation skills through a 3 credit course, leading to “sustained, long term impact” in the way students learn. For more information, read the full article from the Washington Post here, or check out our report Seizing the Moment for more information on the ways colleges are transforming first year experiences, including remediation.

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Additional Resources from Higher Ed for Higher Standards

The Leveraging ESSA series to provides several resources to support higher ed and K-12 collaboration in state ESSA plans.

Aligning Expectations
The Aligning Expectations toolkit helps higher education leaders get involved in states’ reviews of  standards and/or assessments.

Alignment Policy Brief
The Alignment Policy Brief Series is designed to elevate best practices and inform higher ed leaders of emerging collaborations with K-12.

Seizing the Moment
The Seizing the Moment report on community college alignment shows how collaboration with K–12 can better support students.

Accelerate Student Transitions. Attack Education’s Toughest Challenges.

February 7, 2017 — Shannon Gilkey, Organizer for Higher Ed for Higher Standards and Director at Education Strategy Group, penned a blog post for the Hunt Institute, “Accelerate Student Transitions. Attack Education’s Toughest Challenges.” Highlighting TN SAILS and Smart Scholars in NY , this blog focuses on scaling successful models to smooth student transitions from K-12 to postsecondary into credit-bearing coursework.


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Additional Resources from Higher Ed for Higher Standards

The Leveraging ESSA series to provides several resources to support higher ed and K-12 collaboration in state ESSA plans.

Aligning Expectations
The Aligning Expectations toolkit helps higher education leaders get involved in states’ reviews of  standards and/or assessments.

Alignment Policy Brief
The Alignment Policy Brief Series is designed to elevate best practices and inform higher ed leaders of emerging collaborations with K-12.

Seizing the Moment
The Seizing the Moment report on community college alignment shows how collaboration with K–12 can better support students.

We don’t know how many students in college aren’t ready for college. That matters

January 30, 2017 —  Higher education leaders are familiar with the challenges of remediation. But a recent article from The Hechinger Report highlights a different facet of the issues surrounding remediation: in many cases, we don’t have reliable data. K-12 and postsecondary partnerships are deepening their focus on producing “college-ready” graduates, while increasing supports for underprepared students – but without better data, it’s hard to tell whether any of this is working. Read the full article here or check out our new report, Destination Known: Valuing College and Career Readiness in State Accountability Systems, for more information on the importance of good data in measuring student progress and success.


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Additional Resources from Higher Ed for Higher Standards

The Leveraging ESSA series to provides several resources to support higher ed and K-12 collaboration in state ESSA plans.

Aligning Expectations
The Aligning Expectations toolkit helps higher education leaders get involved in states’ reviews of  standards and/or assessments.

Alignment Policy Brief
The Alignment Policy Brief Series is designed to elevate best practices and inform higher ed leaders of emerging collaborations with K-12.

Seizing the Moment
The Seizing the Moment report on community college alignment shows how collaboration with K–12 can better support students.

H.S. Classes Offer Bypass to Remedial Courses

October 26, 2016 —Edweek recently featured Washington, Hawaii and Tennessee’s work to offer remedial coursework in high school. Important keys to success across state examples include K-12 and higher education faculty collaboration throughout the process, and a focus on rigor centered on setting a true bar for college readiness. This seeming simple approach to college remediation – taking care of readiness problems while students are still in high school is gaining ground, and early findings show success in catapulting students into credit bearing coursework. See more on reducing remediation through transition courses and assessments aligned to college ready benchmarks from our alignment policy brief.


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