Teachers College, Columbia University

All Publications

JUNE 2019

Teaching Matters and So Does Curriculum: How CUNY Start Reshaped Instruction for Students Referred to Developmental Mathematics

This paper examines CUNY Start, an innovative pre-matriculation developmental education program developed by The City University of New York (CUNY) that reimagines the design and implementation of remedial instruction to better serve students with weak academic preparation. Using data from interviews, classroom observations, an instructor survey, and curricular materials, this paper describes four key features of the CUNY Start mathematics instructional approach, paying particular attention to how these features differ from traditional developmental education.

MARCH 2019

Demography as Opportunity

This working paper describes demography as opportunity, which is a simple idea grounded in a commitment to affirm the worth of the students who attend community colleges by being responsive to their life circumstances. The concept marries the racial and ethnic shifts underway in the country and in higher education with equity perspectives on historically disenfranchised populations.


Credential Production by Field and Labor Market Alignment at Minority-Serving Institutions: A Descriptive Analysis

This CAPSEE working paper compares credential production patterns of minority-serving institutions (MSIs) and non-MSIs by field of study and examines the extent to which they correspond to employment industry clusters in Alabama and California.

APRIL 2018

Developmental Education Reform Outcomes by Subpopulation

This chapter discusses the importance of scrutinizing the outcomes of developmental education reforms across race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, and level of developmental need.

APRIL 2018

Addressing Academic Underpreparedness in Service of College Completion

In this article, the authors posit that a reframing of academic preparedness is warranted, and they outline three potential strategies for addressing academic underpreparedness beyond the structural and curricular reforms to developmental education taking place in many colleges.


Developmental Education: An Introduction for Policymakers

This ECS/CAPR brief discusses the importance of and challenges surrounding developmental education and suggests ways in which policymakers can address these challenges.


The Redesign of Developmental Education in Virginia

This chapter describes the structure and implementation of a redesign of developmental education in the Virginia Community College System, discusses preliminary descriptive findings from an evaluation of the redesign, and shares lessons for the field.

MAY 2015

Statewide Developmental Education Reform: Early Implementation in Virginia and North Carolina

This report provides an overview of the developmental education redesigns in Virginia and North Carolina, presents preliminary findings, and discusses lessons for states, districts, and colleges pursuing developmental education reforms.

MAY 2014

Accelerating the Integrated Instruction of Developmental Reading and Writing at Chabot College

This paper compares the academic outcomes of students at Chabot College who participated in an accelerated, one-semester developmental English course and those who enrolled in a two-semester sequence.

MARCH 2014

Resources and Reform: Thinking Through the Costs of a Developmental Math Redesign

This webinar looks at what college resources are required to implement a statewide redesign of developmental mathematics, drawing on interviews with faculty, administrators, and staff in Virginia community colleges.

JUNE 2013

Strengthening Developmental Education Reforms: Evidence on Implementation Efforts From the Scaling Innovation Project

Drawing on a scan of remedial reform efforts and fieldwork at 11 colleges, this paper examines trends in reform implementation and provides a framework for strengthening reform efforts and institutional capacity.


Acceleration Through a Holistic Support Model: An Implementation and Outcomes Analysis of FastStart@CCD

This report discusses the development of FastStart, its program features, and student perspectives, and it presents findings from a quantitative analysis of the FastStart math program.


Pathways to Faculty Learning and Pedagogical Improvement

This issue of Inside Out explores how developmental education reforms can create opportunities for faculty to engage in professional learning related to instruction.


College 101 Courses for Applied Learning and Student Success

A study of College 101 courses at three community colleges in Virginia suggests that these courses could have long-term impacts if they focused more on application and practice of learned skills.

MAY 2011

Accelerating the Academic Achievement of Students Referred to Developmental Education (Assessment of Evidence Series)

This literature review explores the evidence on the effects of acceleration on student outcomes and describes the various acceleration models that are used with developmental education students.


A Model for Accelerating Academic Success of Community College Remedial English Students: Is the Accelerated Learning Program (ALP) Effective and Affordable?

This paper presents findings from a quantitative analysis of the Community College of Baltimore County's Accelerated Learning Program (ALP) for upper level developmental writing students.