To approach developmental education, community colleges in the Philadelphia area are trying on new philosophies. Some institutions are phasing out developmental education, while others are using a co-requisite rather than a prerequisite approach. In other words, students who place just below the college-level are placed into the college courses, but with additional support. Another dimension is thinking about how students are evaluated in the first place, which includes a shift from more traditional testing considered by some to be an outdated approach.
Often believed to be a mostly community college issue, plenty of universities must also work with underprepared students and deliver developmental education. Temple University, for example, has anywhere from 5-6% of students in developmental mathematics and up to 20% in developmental English (including ESL students). Temple is also incorporating a co-requisite model in dev ed and making adjustments to how students are evaluated.