Promises & Pathways: Scaling Developmental Education Reform

Institution
State
California
Academic Level
Associate
Issue Area
Retention
Key Personnel
Program Focus
Developmental Coursework

Overview

The mission of Promises and Pathways is to annihilate the achievement gap, particularly for Latino students who represent 33% of students, through scaled developmental education reform efforts. The primary goals of Promises and Pathways include: 1) To increase access to transfer-level math and English by employing multiple measures (high school performance such as grade point average and progress in coursework) and eliminating the use of standardized placement tests, and 2) To increase successful course completion (throughput) of transfer-level math and English in the first year of college by employing a co-requisite model that provides concurrent support, contextualized learning, and culturally responsive teaching.

Program Description

Cuyamaca College opened the door to education’s promise for all students – including disproportionately impacted Latino students. Indeed, Cuyamaca College significantly improved throughput rates for all students and reduced equity gaps.

Cuyamaca College employed a few high impact practices to achieve positive results: 1) scaled the use of multiple measures for placement in math and English (using high school performance- namely GPA and coursework), 2) scaled the use of co-requisite math and English, using an activity-based classroom that employed culturally relevant teaching.

Outcome

In math, access to transfer-level increased from 24% to 84% for all first-time students. For Latino, access to transfer-level math increased from 21% to 85%.

In English, access to transfer-level increased from 12% to 100% for all first-time students. For Latino, access to transfer-level English increased from 7% to 100%.  

In math, successful completion of transfer-level increased from 23% to 67% for all first-time students. For Latino, successful completion of transfer-level math increased from 15% to 65%.

In English, successful completion of transfer-level increased from 38% to 79% for all first-time students. For Latino, successful completion of transfer-level English increased from 38% to 66%.