Change at scale is needed to impact more
students, in more places, in a shorter
More than 50 percent of students attending two-year institutions and 33 percent of students attending four-year colleges are placed in ineffective developmental courses.
The data shows retention and graduation rates are low among students in developmental courses. Most drop out or take years to graduate.
Less than 10 percent of two-year students in developmental education graduate within three years.
Only 35 percent of four-year students in developmental education graduate within six years.
Nearly half of all developmental education students take on debt, averaging $3,000 per course.
Nationwide, developmental education costs students and their families almost $1.3 billion in out-of-pocket costs each year.
Students should begin taking credit-earning courses in their first year of college. However, nationally, 50 percent of students at public two-year colleges and 40 percent of students at public four-year colleges failed to complete their developmental coursework within six years.