Curricular/Instructional Reforms

Issue Focus
November, 2020
Alexander Mayer, Kate Tromble

A college degree remains critical to unlocking opportunity and to accessing America’s middle class, yet millions of students who pursue higher education never earn degrees. This memo, produced with Results for America, draws lessons and policy implications from two decades of rigorous research in postsecondary institutions focused on addressing this problem.

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Early Implementation Findings from a Study of the Male Student Success Initiative

November, 2020

Men of color complete college at lower rates than their fellow students. To help overcome this gap, many colleges have programs offering academic and social support to male students of color. This report summarizes MDRC’s evaluation of one such program at the Community College of Baltimore County.

Issue Focus

What States and Colleges Need to Know

October, 2020

Colleges, researchers, and advocates believe innovation and change are needed in developmental (remedial) education, because developmental courses have low success rates and because many of their students ultimately drop out. This brief summarizes research on developmental education and provides summaries of findings and implications for state and college practices.

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Impact Findings From an Evaluation of a Multiple Measures Assessment Strategy

October, 2020
Elisabeth A. Barnett, Elizabeth Kopko, Dan Cullinan, Clive Belfield

A random assignment evaluation at seven State University of New York campuses finds that using multiple measures assessments to determine placement in remedial education led to more students being placed in college-level courses, where they did better than their peers who were placed in remedial classes.

Issue Focus
October, 2020
Marcia Ballinger

In this commentary, originally published in Community College Daily, President Marcia Ballinger of Lorain County Community College describes how Lorain’s comprehensive student success program, SAIL, has persevered during the pandemic — and offered lessons for school’s overall response to COVID-19.

Issue Focus

Supporting Teachers’ Use of Technology for Remote Instruction

August, 2020

As the need for distance learning in some form continues due to COVID-19, lessons from an intervention that integrates technology coaching into a curriculum can help schools create support structures for teachers adopting new digital tools and could lead to significant gains in student learning.

Working Paper

How CUNY Start Reshaped Instruction for Students Referred to Developmental Mathematics

June, 2019
Susan Bickerstaff, Nikki Edgecombe

Using data from interviews, classroom observations, an instructor survey, and curricular materials, this paper describes four key features of the CUNY Start mathematics instructional approach, paying particular attention to how these features differ from traditional developmental education.

Working Paper

Learning from CUNY Start

May, 2020
Maria Scott Cormier, Susan Bickerstaff

This paper describes the professional development model used in CUNY Start, a program developed at the City University of New York to support entering students identified as academically underprepared in literacy and mathematics.

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