My blog discusses the important and complex subjects of college completion, college success, student risk factors (for failing), college readiness, and academic preparation. I will explore the pieces of the college puzzle that heavily influence, if not determine, college success rates.
College Completion and Developmental Education
In a new interview Professor Tom Bailey of Columbia Teachers College analyzed 4 years of longitudinal data concerning the progress of remedial/developmental students. The student cohort entered in fall 2002. He finds some positive impact from developmental education. However,fewer than 7% of students refered to developmental math even attempted a college-level math course!! Overall, research shows developmental college prorams for remedial students have positive effects-but not in every case, and the effects are not very large. So better secondary school preparation is the preferred strategy. See Acheiving Success , July 2007, www.jff.org.