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College Retention Rates Improve at Two-Year Schools, Decline at Four-Year Schools

The first-to-second-year retention rate at two-year colleges is at its highest level in 27 years, as the retention rates at private four-year colleges have declined, says  ACT Inc. The number of community-college students returning for a second consecutive year has risen to 56 percent, an increase of three percentage points over the 2005 rate and […]

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What Works in Student Retention: Community Colleges Report

This report highlight information on successful practices in community college student retention based on ACT’s national surveys that included more than 300 colleges.  According to the report the following practices were said to be making the greatest contribution to retention: mandated placement of students in courses based on test scores; tutoring; remedial/developmental coursework (required); comprehensive […]

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VISIBLE LEARNING: A synthesis of over 800 meta-analyses relating to achievement

Visible Learning Hattie

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Access Denied – Unequal Access to Best Schools

2009 API Rankings Reveal Unequal Access to California’s Best Schools    HIGH-NEED STUDENTS ARE CONCENTRATED IN THE STATE’S LOWEST PERFORMING SCHOOLS SCHOOLS SERVING STUDENTS OF COLOR AND LOW-INCOME STUDENTS ARE DISPROPORTIONATELY LOWER ACHIEVING WHAT EXPLAINS THESE UNEQUAL OUTCOMES?  WHAT CAN WE DO TO DISRUPT PATTERNS OF INEQUITY? Access the report: Access Denied  

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Facing Criticism, Community Colleges Use Data to Drive Change

Los Angeles Times Op-ed piece , written by CUE , features LA Southwest and Long Beach City colleges’ effective use of CUE’s data practices.

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One-shot Deal?

Students’ Perceptions of Assessment and Course Placement in California’s Community Colleges This report examines the assessment and course placement practices across California’s community colleges for incoming students and recommends strategies for overall improvement.

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National Conference on Developmental Education

The National Center for Post-secondary Research held a national conference on developmental education, on September 23rd and 24th, 2010.   The latest high-quality research on developmental education was presented, providing a solid basis for future practice, policy, and continued study.  Several of the presentations can be viewed here.

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Something’s Got to Give

Something’s Got to Give is a study that highlighted, among other things, the fundamental role of faculty inquiry and development in addressing the state’s developmental education challenge: “Faculty inquiry and development play a fundamental role in local innovation Faculty familiarity with a rich menu of research-based options for effective practice in developmental education is a […]

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Developmental Education in California Community Colleges

Course-taking patterns, policies, and practices in developmental education in the California Community Colleges is a study recently published by EdSource.  This study looked at remedial course-taking patterns within 107 semester-based colleges. It studied first-time students who entered the system in Fall 2002 and, at some point between Fall 2002 and Spring 2009, enrolled in a remedial […]

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