Best Practices for Student Success in Developmental Education

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Event Date/Time: Feb 25, 2010 End Date/Time: Feb 25, 2010
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Best Practices for Student Success in Developmental Education February 25, 2010, 1:00-2:30pm EST Online webinar Host: Innovative Educators NOTE: Payment is not required prior to event date (choose check by mail or PO when registering). The registration fee is per institution, not per person, and the recording is always included in the fee and is accessible for one full year. OVERVIEW OF WEBINAR Westmoreland County Community College (WCCC) is an Achieving the Dream College. Achieving the Dream is a multiyear national initiative to help more community college students succeed. The initiative is particularly concerned about student groups that traditionally have faced significant barriers to success, including students of color and low-income students. Too many students leave community colleges without earning a certificate or degree, or without transferring to continue their studies. Consequently, they risk losing the opportunity to earn a livable wage. When students complete courses and earn credentials, however, they can improve their own lives, which ultimately benefits the nation. Achieving the Dream colleges develop strategies based on the analysis of institutional strengths, problem areas, and achievement gaps. The goal of several of these colleges including WCCC is to improve developmental education. Data at WCCC revealed large numbers of students requiring developmental courses and low rates of passing and retention in these courses. Hence, the purpose of this webinar is to share best practices/strategies regarding WCCCs developmental education that already appear in research and literature in the field and those that have been developed and are being implemented at WCCC that have not yet been validated by substantial research. OBJECTIVES Participants will learn about best practices/strategies implemented by WCCC that have resulted in student success. * Refined testing, placement, and administrative procedures to ensure students enroll in the developmental courses they need. * Better aligned the curriculum with placement tests. * Offer supplemental instruction, tutoring, or study groups. * (Created) a centralized developmental education unit. * Align exit exams with the standards/competencies of gatekeeper courses * Research and utilize new strategies/technologies for teaching developmental math, reading and writing. * Established learning communities for developmental students. * Made orientation mandatory. * Offer special orientation programs for subgroups of students. * Create an early alert system for students experiencing difficulty. * Developed and implemented a success course mandatory for first year students and/or developmental education students. * Increased faculty knowledge of best practices in developmental education through outcomes interaction and participation in national organizations and conferences. * Using data for assessment of developmental education. WHO SHOULD ATTEND? * Faculty teaching developmental courses * Staff and administrators supervising developmental education * Academic Deans * Vice Presidents of Academic Affairs and Students Services * Student services personnel WHO ARE THE SPEAKERS? Dr. Carol Rush brings more than 20 years of academic experience to her position as the Vice-President for Academic Affairs and Student Services. Her responsibilities include providing leadership and strategic management of all academic programs of the college including the new developmental education strategies. Dr. Rush worked in virology and clinical immunology research prior to her career in academia. Dr. Nicole Reaves is the Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs at Westmoreland County Community College. Her primary responsibility at the college is to provide expertise, leadership, and guidance as it relates to institutional effectiveness. This entails overseeing institutional research and analysis, academic program and discipline review, assessment of student learning and administrative/program outcomes, and strategic planning. Enquiries: