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Rethinking College Prep as an On-Ramp to a Program of Study. Davis Jenkins Senior Research Associate Community College Research Cente Teachers College, Columbia University. State Assessment Meeting for Florida State Colleges Valencia College June 20, 2013. Dev Ed Disconnects.

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rethinking college prep as an on ramp to a program of study
Rethinking College Prepas an On-Ramp to a Program of Study

Davis Jenkins

Senior Research Associate

Community College Research Cente

Teachers College, Columbia University

State Assessment Meeting for Florida State Colleges

Valencia College

June 20, 2013

dev ed disconnects
Dev Ed Disconnects
  • Placement testing
    • Poor predictors of college-level success
    • Narrow focus on English comp and Algebra
    • Students confused, little guidance
  • Curriculum, Pedagogy, Assessment
    • Long sequences
    • Replicates high school pedagogy
    • Little attention to soft skills
    • Poor alignment with program/career SLOs
status quo pathway design
Status Quo Pathway Design
  • Little upfront career or college planning
  • Remediation narrowly focused on English Comp and Algebra, little “soft skills” prep
  • Program learning outcomes and paths unclear; too many choices
  • Poor alignment with requirements for further education and career advancement
  • Students’ progress not monitored
  • Limited on-going feedback and support
slide4

Career-Path Employment

Transfer as Junior in Major

Career-Path Employment

A.A.S.

A.A. Electives

Business

Electives

A.S.

Pre-major

Nursing

Allied Health

Certificates

General Ed

Health Prereqs

Math 101

ENGL 101

Dev

Reading

Dev

ENGL

Dev

Math

ABE

ESL

GED

Intake

Meet with Advisor (1st Term Schedule)

Voluntary Orientation

Strong connection -

Weak connection -

Placement Testing

promising practices
Promising Practices
  • Placement testing
    • Early assessment, test prep
    • Multiple measures (e.g., high school GPA)
  • Curriculum, Pedagogy, Assessment
    • Non-academic skills, goal-setting, planning
    • Acceleration (eg., co-requisite with support, modularization, fast track courses)
    • Curriculum alignment (e.g., Statway)
    • Contextualization, “productive persistence”
    • Using SLO assessment to improve teaching
rethinking dev ed as on ramp
Rethinking Dev Ed as On-Ramp
  • Goal: prepare students to choose and enter a college-level program of study
    • Upfront career/college exploration, planning
    • New students required to choose “meta-major” or “exploratory major” for undecided
    • Instruction in academic fundamentals and “soft skills” customized to particular field
    • Collaborative professional development to ensure program coherence, quality teaching
guided pathways to success
Guided Pathways to Success
  • Program learning goals clearly defined and aligned with outcome requirements
  • Program paths well structured, prescribed
  • Students’ progress closely monitored; timely feedback provided
  • “On-ramps” help students choose and enter a program of study
  • Strong alignment with high school and adult basic education
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Career-Path Employment

Transfer as Junior in Major

Career-Path Employment

A.A.S.

English, Arts, Humanities

Education, Child Care

Social Services

Business

Health Sciences

STEM

Social/Behavioral Science

Certificates

First-Year Experience

Program

On-Ramp

Program

On-Ramp

Program

On-Ramp

Program

On-Ramp

Program

On-Ramp

Program

On-Ramp

Contextualized Basic Skills (e.g. I-BEST)

Meet with Advisor (Choose initial program stream; plan full program schedule)

Strong connection -

Required Career Interest and Academic Readiness Testing

Weak connection -

Required Initial Orientation

pathway redesign process
Pathway Redesign Process

STEP 4

STEP 2

START HERE

STEP 3

for more information
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