Transforming remedial education at the college level: The Dana Center and national partners release joint statement

Posted on December 12, 2012

On December 12, 2012, the Dana Center, Jobs for the Future, Complete College America, Education Commission of the States released a joint statement outlining seven core principles for transforming remedial education programs in American colleges and universities.

The statement, the result of a yearís worth of work among the four partners, articulates a common agenda for reforming remedial education and helps bring coherence to the field by offering a consistent reform message for policymakers, state systems and associations, colleges, faculty, and students. The message is clear: Significant change is needed to improve the success of all students, especially those least prepared.

The joint statement strongly endorses the Dana Centerís New Mathways Project, which is a systemic approach to transforming developmental education that includes aligning mathematics coursework to students' majors and programs of study.

The Dana Center is pleased that our strategy for reform at the national level has been endorsed by Jobs for the Future, Complete College America, and Education Commission of the States, and we look forward to continuing our collaboration with these organizations.

The statementís release has already garnered national press coverage, including an article in Insider Higher Ed and an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

The University of Texas covered release of the statement on its news site. The Alcalde, the magazine of the Texas Exes, the official alumni association of the University of Texas, also gave front-page coverage to the story.