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5 Reasons Why You Should Review the New Strong Start to Finish Service Menu

Discover the transformative potential of developmental education reform with Strong Start to Finish’s updated service menu. Addressing the pressing challenges of inequitable outcomes, inaccurate placements, and long remedial sequences, the menu offers tailored support for state leaders, practitioners, and institutions. With streamlined decision-making, flexible service modalities, and a focus on equity, it empowers institutions to create inclusive learning environments. Explore the menu today to unlock new opportunities for improving developmental education outcomes and supporting student success.

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Data-Driven Justice: Using Data and Improvement Science to Reform Higher Education Systems

Access to relevant, reliable, and timely data and using data to ground decisions and actions as part of normalized continuous improvement processes are fundamental to the success of efforts to transform education systems. Read more to explore essential actions stakeholders may consider in using data to reform higher education systems.

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Elevating Student Voice at United Tribes Technical College

Including students in all aspects of higher education is important in ensuring equity for all students and shown to contribute to student success. This blog discusses how United Tribes Technical College is elevating student voice and experiences, and why it is an important factor in programming and decision-making in higher education.

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Uplifting Key Voices in DE Reform

Developmental education reform is an effort that involves several key stakeholders. Over the years, higher education has seen policymakers, the philanthropic community, researchers, and advocates work to resolve issues within developmental education. However, that hasn’t been enough, as critical voices have previously been absent. This blog highlights the role students and faculty voices might play in improving developmental education.

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Strong Start to Finish Announces New Sites

This month, Strong Start to Finish announced the selection of our four new sites. These sites include the Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE), the Louisiana Board of Regents (LA BOR), the Michigan Center for Student Success (MCSS), and the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR). These state systems and associations will be implementing developmental education reforms that focus on placement, acceleration, and/or alignment. Our Site Strategist, Julie Adams, authored a blog that shares more on this exciting milestone.

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Strong Start to Finish Announces Recipients of $920,000 in Grants for Developmental Education Reforms

Strong Start to Finish (SStF) will award four state higher education systems and associations — Colorado Department of Higher Education, Louisiana Board of Regents, Michigan Center for Student Success, and Tennessee Board of Regents — $230,000 each to expand ongoing developmental education reform initiatives.

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Bridging Practice and Policy Holistically with a Guiding Framework

The State Policy Framework for Developmental Education Reform was developed to support postsecondary leaders in their efforts to scale effective reform practices. This blog further examines the intersection of postsecondary policy at the state and system levels with four developmental education reform practices: multiple measures for placement, acceleration through co-requisite models, alignment of first credit-bearing math courses to degree pathways, and strategic use of data.

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Designing and Teaching Inclusive Corequisites

The corequisite model as an equity tool is data-driven and proves to remove institutional barriers for the most vulnerable students. Using disaggregated data and capturing who are most impacted by the long sequence of developmental courses is the jumpoff point to initiate the work and a compass to measure success.

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2023 Learning Network Convening: Embarking on a New Chapter

The 2023 Learning Network Convening launched a new phase of Strong Start to Finish’s work. Network partners, faculty, funders, advisory board members, SStF sites and other experts joined the event to learn more about the proven success of developmental education reform. Read more about the meeting, which featured a panel discussion with students who took corequisite courses.

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