Texas announces 15-year strategic plan

As the need grows for a credentialed workforce, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) has announced a 15-year plan to increase the percentage of degrees among the 25-34 age range.  Specific interventions have yet to be detailed, but will include strategies for “early advising, expanding developmental education courses, and using competency-based education.”

Source: Your Houston News


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Alternative models emerge in dev ed redesigns

As concerns over high referral rates, low completion rates, and the high costs associated with dev ed come to the forefront, redesign models have emerged.

At the Community College of Baltimore County, a co-requisite model called the Accelerated Learning Program is used.  Students who place into upper-level dev writing can enroll in a co-requisite composition course.  A similar model, through the California Acceleration Project, has shortened the dev ed course sequence in the state’s community colleges.

Other models include the integration of reading and writing courses to teach these critical skills that often go hand-in-hand, and the New Mathways Project in Texas community colleges that offers students multiple pathways through dev math through acceleration and revised curricula.  The project was also profiled in greater depth by the National Journal.

Source: Education DIVE