Barriers to Scale
As colleges move away from traditional developmental education (DevEd) models and toward ones more supportive of student success, the know-how of institutions to implement the new models will be key. Yet, it is unclear whether practitioners receive the necessary training to ensure success. This is a point highlighted in Tyton Partners’ 2020 survey of faculty, administrators, and other DevEd professionals at public 2-year and 4-year institutions.
In the survey, respondents were asked to identify the “biggest barriers” to implementing DevEd reforms at their institutions. Besides for lack of funding and time, which are common barriers to adoption and implementation, three key barriers emerged: (1) lack of training on how to implement changes; (2) lack of participation; and (3) lack of clarity on who takes ownership of changes. Every group, no matter where they placed themselves in the DevEd reform spectrum, identified training as a main barrier to success. This Points of Interest shows that practitioners are most likely to cite the lack of training on how to implement changes as a key barrier to scaling developmental education reforms.