Building bridges with developmental education

Building bridges with developmental education

The challenges that many community college students face are most of the time connected to the lack of academic preparation to endure college-level content thus making it difficult for faculty to achieve the learning outcomes desired. In reading Mellow and Heelan (2015), I deepened my understanding about developmental and remedial studies. To start, community colleges are the institutions that invest the most in this area because, and not surprisingly, they welcome students with varying academic needs. One point that resonates with me is that an ideal developmental program must be embraced by all faculty and administration. But why would it not? If developmental education exists to help students make it to graduation, why would a faculty member not support it? I pose this questions to myself as I acknowledge the reality that not all faculty share the same goals and perspective about teaching developmental courses, and some are not even aware of how it works.

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