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What is Developmental Education?

Developmental Education is a field of research, policy, and practice focused on student success at the postsecondary level. Attuned especially to college students who struggle, due to a variety of factors, in their first year (and beyond), the field seeks to support students as they transition to college, and define the role of higher education as a place where all learners can succeed. Traditional areas of the field have included course-based supports, such as developmental reading, basic writing, developmental math, study strategies, and learning frameworks courses as well as non-course-based aspects of learning assistance like tutoring, supplemental instruction, and mentoring. As a field, Developmental Education has a multi-dimensional focus and is concerned with the student issues of cognition, affect, identity, and other aspects of the college context. In short, Developmental Education is about student success for college students, especially those underprepared for the postsecondary educational context.

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