Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Postsecondary Success

Pathways / Remedial Education

A Matter of Degrees: Practices to Pathways (3rd Report)

Third and final report from the Center for Community College Student Engagement at University of Texas at Austin details a positive relationship between community colleges’ implementation of several “high impact” practices like offering supplemental instruction and creating learning communities and students’ completion of developmental courses and persistence from semester to semester.

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Remedial Education

Common Core Goes to College

The report from The New America Foundation argues that the current higher education landscape is full of practices that prevent clear alignment with the Common Core, particularly in the areas of admissions, financial aid, retesting and course placement, and developmental education. If colleges and universities can align with the new college- and career-ready standards, the report states, we can help to ensure the successful transition from high school to college for millions of students.

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The Community College Route to the Bachelor’s Degree

The report from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York finds that students who begin their postsecondary education at a community college and successfully transfer to a four-year college have graduation rates equal to similar students who begin at four-year colleges. The report encourages community colleges to further invest in student transfer counseling services and four-year institutions to develop better processes for facilitating credit transfers for academically qualified students.

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