This practice guide presents six evidence-based recommendations for college and university faculty, administrators, and advisors working to improve the success of students academically underprepared for college. Each recommendation includes an overview of the practice, a summary of evidence used in support of the evidence rating, guidance on how to carry out the recommendation, and suggested approaches to overcome potential roadblocks. Each recommendation includes an implementation checklist as guidance for getting started with implementing the recommendation.
Use multiple measures to assess postsecondary readiness and place students.
Require or incentivize regular participation in enhanced advising activities.
Compress or mainstream developmental education with course redesign.
Implement comprehensive, integrated, and long-lasting support programs.
This practice guide was prepared for the WWC by Development Services Group, Inc. under contract ED–IES–12–C–0084.
The following research staff contributed to the guide:
William Doyle, Jeffrey C. Valentine, Robin LaSota, Joshua R. Polanin, Elizabeth Spinney, Wesley Wilson, Martha Yeide, and Sarah H. Young.
Teachers College, Columbia University
Miami Dade College
Southern Regional Education Board