Practitioner Perspectives on Implementing Developmental Education Reforms

A Convening of Six Community Colleges in Texas

by Diana Gehlhaus, Lindsay Daugherty, Rita T. Karam, Trey Miller, Alexandra Mendoza-Graf

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RAND and American Institutes of Research hosted a one-day convening on April 27, 2018 in Austin, Texas that brought together administrators, faculty, and advisors from the six Texas community colleges to share strategies and lessons learned around developmental education reforms. Participants engaged in panels, discussions, and activities through seven sessions that touched on topics related to college advising (e.g. use of multiple measures for placement, case management), improved supports for low basic skill students, and accelerated models of developmental education (e.g., corequisites, math pathways). This report provides a description of the various convening sessions and the perspectives of practitioners regarding promising practices and lessons learned regarding key developmental education reforms. The aim of this working paper is to inform developmental education reform efforts in Texas colleges and colleges across the nation by documenting the perspectives of practitioners at colleges that have been engaged in reforms and continuous improvement work for more than three years.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One


  • Chapter Two

    Session A: Implementing and Evaluating Case Management and Intrusive Advising

  • Chapter Three

    Session B: Math Pathways: Successful Implementation and Overcoming Challenges

  • Chapter Four

    Session C: Strategies for Improving Communication and Collaboration between Faculty and Advisors

  • Chapter Five

    Session D: Providing Academic Supports for Low Basic Skills Students, Challenges Faced and Lessons Learned

  • Chapter Six

    Session E: Considerations Around Corequisite Implementation, A Discussion with THECB Staff

  • Chapter Seven

    Session F: Tackling Key Challenges to the Implementation of Corequisites

  • Chapter Eight

    Session G: Approaches to Combining Multiple Measures Under Holistic Advising

  • Chapter Nine

    Conclusion and Next Steps

  • Appendix

    Presenter Slide Decks

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