Community College of Philadelphia Hosts Developmental Education Summit

PHILADELPHIA, November 08, 2011—A Developmental Education Summit will be held at Community College of Philadelphia on Friday, November 11, 2011, 8 a.m.—3 p.m., in room S2-19, the Winnet Building, on 17th Street, between Spring Garden and Callowhill Streets.

The summit, co-sponsored with Delaware County Community College and Montgomery County Community College, will bring together teachers, administrators, and educational partners to discuss strategies to accelerate learning in developmental (or remedial) education at the college level through innovation.

A recent study by Complete College America, a Washington, D.C.,-based non-profit, found that 50.1 percent of all students entering community college seeking an associate degree require remediation in math and/or English. However, remedial courses that are intended to catch students up, all too often end up leaving them behind. The study found that 13.9 percent of community college students get an associate’s degree within three years. But for those who require remediation, the number drops to 9.5 percent. Nearly half of the nation’s undergraduates attend community colleges.

 “The overall goal of the summit is to bring together developmental educators from across the region to discuss and learn from each other about how to improve developmental student outcomes and graduation rates,” said Joan L. Bush, Dean of Educational Support Services at Community College of Philadelphia.

Dr. Katherine Hughes, Director for Work and Education Reform Research at the Community College Research Center, Teachers College at Columbia University, will deliver the summit’s keynote address. Hughes has done research on the transition from high school to college and careers, including projects addressing secondary-postsecondary partnerships, dual enrollment, state policies that facilitate transitions and pathways, incoming community college student assessment and placement, student retention, work-based learning, and high school career academies.

Community College of Philadelphia, Delaware County Community College and Montgomery Community College – have been named a 2011 Leader College by Achieving the Dream. The designation recognized their individual success in raising persistence and graduation rates and closing achievement gaps. Achieving the Dream is a non-profit organization working with 160 community colleges to identify and remove barriers to student success, particularly for low-income and minority students.