We are a network of policy and research partners, institution and systems leaders, and foundations taking collective action to ensure students get the support they need to succeed in their first year of college.
Reforming developmental education so every college student succeeds in their first year.
Strong Start to Finish scales reforms in developmental education across higher education systems, so every student is set up to pass credit-earning courses in English and math in their first year of college. In particular, we support college success for Black, Brown, Asian American and Indigenous students, students with low incomes and returning adults, who have been underserved by the education system.
Do the Details of Corequisite Supports Matter?
This report examines corequsite designs of math and English courses across the Colorado Community Colleges System to identify the features of corequisite support courses that are most strongly associated with students’ short- and long-term outcomes.
Patterns of STEM-Math Enrollment and Completion
This report examines issues of equity in access to STEM programs within the context of the Colorado Community College System and suggest practices and policies to promote equity based on these findings.
Strong Start to Finish Scaling Site Evaluation – Executive Summary
The Strong Start to Finish Qualitative Evaluation captures valuable lessons and insights, and outlines how states and systems can design their efforts to achieve equitable outcomes for students who are racially minoritized, those with low incomes and adults who are returning to college.
Implementation Pathways for Developmental Education Reform
This report examines implementation trends across 13 Strong Start to Finish sites; summarizes key learnings from our work; and provides considerations for state, system and institutional leaders seeking to engage in similar efforts.
Stories & Insights
Every year, a majority of students entering community college for the first time are assessed as needing remediation in math or English. Colleges have directed them to enroll in developmental courses, where they spend time and money without accruing credits toward a college degree. However, many students who enroll in developmental courses never make it into college-level courses.Read more