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Developmental English Course Offerings

This Points of Interest shows that most SSTF institutions offer between one and three developmental English courses, while 39 had fully eliminated stand-alone developmental courses.
November 18, 2020
Vanessa Keadle
Tags: Accurate Placement, 2. Enroll in college-level math and English.

Required enrollment in developmental courses adds substantial time to students’ degree paths, increases their financial burden, and decreases their likelihood of graduation. As reform efforts progress, it is important to understand how many developmental education courses are being offered at institutions.

Data on English courses from the Academic Year 2018-19 – the beginning of the reform effort for the Scaling Sites – show that 39 institutions have eliminated all of their developmental English courses. Most notably, as the number of developmental courses offered goes up, the number of institutions in that category goes down. This Points of Interest shows that most SSTF institutions offer between one and three developmental English courses, while 39 had fully eliminated stand-alone developmental courses.