Postsecondary education refers to the range of formal learning opportunities beyond high school, including those aimed at learning an occupation or earning an academic credential. IES initiatives collect data on public and private institutions, support research on strategies to improve outcomes for undergraduate students, and evaluate federally funded programs aimed at increasing postsecondary enrollment and graduation.
Developmental education is designed to help underprepared college students acquire the reading, writing, and mathematics skills needed to succeed in college-level courses. The IES-funded Center for the Analysis of Postsecondary Readiness (CAPR) is examining strategies to improve outcomes for students assigned to developmental education in community colleges and other open-access institutions. The Center recently released preliminary results from a survey of nearly 1,000 colleges across the U.S. on assessment and instructional practices in developmental education and how such programs have evolved in recent years. It also is conducting evaluations of an alternative placement system for entering college students in New York and an innovative developmental math program in Texas that shortens the time students spend in remediation.