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Provide supports.

Campus communities transform policies and practices to ensure that every student is provided with high-value learning experiences and with the supports needed to remove barriers to success—especially students from historically underrepresented, disenfranchised, and minoritized communities.

Successful implementation of evidence-based reforms requires ongoing will-building and skill-building—not only on the part of the faculty, staff, and administrators directly involved in the implementation of specific interventions, but also by the wider campus community.

Faculty need to be prepared to support students at all course levels. Students succeed under new teaching paradigms when they are able to understand what was effective in their gateway courses and how they might incorporate and build on those successes in their higher-level courses. Even more student support is needed when institutions increase access to gateway credit-bearing courses. Developmental education reforms are most effective when they include proactive assessment of students’ holistic needs. Research shows that significantly better and more equitable outcomes for students can be achieved through a combination of tailored academic and non-cognitive supports, high-quality intensive advising, and responsive basic needs support.

Researchers and practitioners are unanimous in the view that no lasting gains can be had in the absence of leadership commitment and the widespread capacity of faculty, staff, and administrators at every level to provide an inclusive, culturally responsive, well-supported learning journey for students. Effective communication, authentic engagement, and ongoing professional development for faculty and staff over time is essential for lowering barriers to success for today’s students, particularly students from communities that have been historically marginalized or systematically excluded from the benefits of higher education.

Instructional faculty specifically should be provided with high-quality professional development opportunities that increase their capacity and confidence for creating rich, relevant, and inclusive learning experiences for an increasingly diverse student population. Faculty need to be prepared to provide “just-in-time remediation” that fosters a growth mindset and a sense of academic belonging, as well as active and collaborative learning experiences that empower students to bring their lived experiences to their learning journey.

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Sources

Aguirre, J.M., Mayfield-Ingram, K., and Martin, D.B. (2013). The impact of identity in K-8 mathematics: Rethinking equity-based practices. Reston, VA: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Getz, A. (2019). Dana Center Mathematics Pathways: Prepare, enable, empower. Presented at the Workshop on Increasing Student Success in Developmental Mathematics, Washington, DC.

Gutierrez, R. (2007). (Re)defining equity: The importance of a critical perspective. In Diversity, equity, and access to mathematical ideas. New York: Teachers College Press.

Jobs for the Future (2015). “These People Just Keep Trying to Help Me.” Supporting Students to Succeed in College and Career Pathways.

Larnell, G. (2016). More than just skill: Examining mathematics identities, racialized narratives, and remediation among black undergraduates. Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 47(3), 233-269.

Schudde, L. (2019). Who gets access to reformed dev-ed math? Evidence from Dana Center Mathematics Pathways. Presented at the Workshop on Increasing Student Success in Developmental Mathematics, Washington, DC.

Strom, A. (2019, March). Focusing on high quality instruction. Presented at the Workshop on Increasing Student Success in Developmental Mathematics, Washington, DC.

Implementation Guides

Charles A. Dana Center and Roane State Community College. Introduction to Statistics and Co-Requisite Support Course Sample Timeline.

Complete College America. Corequisite Remediation – Blueprint.

University System of Georgia. Transforming College Mathematics.