Strong Start To Finish
Points of Interest

Equity-Focused Change

This Point of Interest shows that developmental education reforms can help to contribute towards more equitable completion of college-level coursework.
September 25, 2019
Ben Erwin
Tags: Student Supports, 3. Provide supports., New Roles for Student Services

Florida senate bill 1720 launched a statewide reform of developmental education that included optional, corequisite enrollment in developmental education coursework, major-specific developmental course offerings, and enhanced academic advising in the Fall semester of 2014. This graph, illustrating data from three years prior to the reform in 2013 and three years following, shows a steady increase in the pass rates for each cohort of Hispanic students in gateway English. In 2015 and 2016, the cohort of Hispanic students enrolled in gateway English passed at a higher rate than all other student cohorts, erasing the achievement gap between White and Hispanic students. The author highlights increased enrollment in college-level coursework and sustained academic advising and student supports as drivers of improved student outcomes. This Points of Interest shows that developmental education reforms can help to contribute towards more equitable completion of college-level coursework.