Increasing Student Supports
Students referred to developmental education rarely complete their assigned courses. Despite this, colleges continue to use remedial course sequences for students deemed unprepared for college-level work. Still, many of these same colleges are increasing academic and non-academic supports to ensure students have the supports needed for these courses.
The Center for the Analysis of Postsecondary Readiness (CAPR) conducted a survey of more than 1,000 broad-access two- and four-year colleges in 2016 and found multiple support services in place for developmental education students. A large portion of the community colleges identified tutors or supplemental instructions as the most common academic support provided to students. The most common non-academic support provided at these colleges was a success coach or student success courses. This Points of Interest shows that although colleges continue to refer students to developmental education, they are increasing student supports to improve student success.