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Developmental Education. Rosemary M. Karr, Ph.D. Collin County Community College January 24, 2008. Collin College Statistics. Established in 1985 Multi-campus district Served over 44,000 students in 2007 14,320 Continuing Education 30,247 Credit 5,966 developmental education

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developmental education

Developmental Education

Rosemary M. Karr, Ph.D.

Collin County Community College

January 24, 2008

collin college statistics
Collin College Statistics
  • Established in 1985
  • Multi-campus district
  • Served over 44,000 students in 2007
    • 14,320 Continuing Education
    • 30,247 Credit
      • 5,966 developmental education
      • 4,965 developmental mathematics
my vision
My Vision

To achieve academic excellence, through an integrated, instructional approach that engages a student’s cognitive, affective and psychomotor domains.

  • teach students to think logically, and challenge them to question WHY mathematics works as it does.
  • alleviate student’s fear of mathematics, and cultivate their desire to achieve.
goals
Goals
  • Promote holistic teaching processes that will account for the enormous inherent learning variations among our diverse student population.
  • Increase candid discussions of effective instructional practices and harness and utilize these best practices.
strategies
Strategies
  • Structure classes to create a collaborative environment.
  • Foster an attitude of success that extends beyond the classroom…and into life itself.
  • Measure how well students think through a process.
  • Measure success by more than a passing grade.
cognitive processing speed
Cognitive Processing Speed

Wong, Linda, Essential Study Skills, fifth ed., Houghton Mifflin, 2005

examples at collin
Examples at Collin

Breadth and depth at LOCAL levels

  • Course Scheduling Options: 3, 8 and 16 weeks; self-paced; online; Passport
  • Summer Formats: 5 or 10 weeks; online
  • Program Models:
    • Passport
    • Bridge
    • Learning Community
passport description
Passport Description
  • Individualized, flexible, and responsive program where learning is self-paced, NOT self-taught.
  • Students begin the program from their individual current mathematical competence point.
  • Students focus on the topic(s) they need.
  • Students complete one or more course levels during a single semester.
passport flexibility
Passport Flexibility
  • Opportunity to accelerate.
  • Allowed (up to) an additional 8 weeks to complete the initial course.
passport success for fall 2004
Passport Success for Fall 2004
  • Completion Rates:
    • Beginning Algebra, increased by 15%.
    • Intermediate Algebra, increased by 4%.
  • Completion Rates in Subsequent Courses:
    • Increased by 51%.
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Bridge Program

Pre and Post Assessment and Placement

Summer 2007

benefits of learning communities
Benefits of Learning Communities
  • Experience a collaborative learning environment.
  • See the connections between courses.
  • Enjoy a variety of learning experiences.
  • Get to know professors and fellow students better.
outcomes of learning community
Outcomes of Learning Community
  • 18 enrolled (16 on academic probation)
  • Retention, 76% compared with 80% in Beginning Algebra.
  • Success, 41% compared with 48% in Beginning Algebra.
parting thoughts
Parting Thoughts
  • State level
    • Investigate current LOCAL programs.
    • Disseminate information on successful programs.
  • College level
    • Replicate successful programs.
    • Include part-time faculty in training plan.
    • Accept students from where they are, not from where we want them to be.
thank you
THANK YOU!
  • I appreciate the opportunity to address the TEXAS Higher Education Coordinating Board.