Our work in remedial education (also known as developmental education) supports the creation, integration, and expansion of new and more effective approaches to delivering these programs, with the goal of getting underprepared students off to a strong start and on track toward a degree.
There are many promising interventions being tried to address specific shortcomings of remedial education. They take on weak alignment of college entry and K-12 graduation standards, assessment and placement challenges, redesign of remedial courses and student advising and support services. A growing body of evidence shows that to improve the prospects for students requiring remediation these interventions cannot be applied as single-point solutions. They must be effectively woven together. Accordingly, we support the continued development of specific interventions and, crucially, efforts that seek to integrate them to transform students’ learning outcomes.