Research and Reports Blog
Date Posted: December 16, 2017
Author(s): Ben Phillips
As developmental education continues to grow in community colleges across the nation, a related concern which is also growing is the manner in which students are placed into developmental education. The methods used for placement are not consistent across the field. Typically, institutions use standardized tests to measure students’ proficiency in subject matter and then place students based on the test results. Students are then left to sink or swim in the developmental courses. However, a review of the literature reveals multiple methods of increasing student success in developmental education. This paper will review some of those methods in context of providing recommendations for administrators. Additionally, a counter analysis to the results and recommendations will be provided. Keywords: developmental education, placement, student success.