June 12-13, 2003, the Texas Collaborative hosted a workshop at Austin
Community College for Texas developmental math faculty. Below you will
find presentation materials and reports offering specific information
about developmental mathematics research and strategies for program improvement.
You will also find a link to the newly established online
discussion forum for developmental math faculty.
A presentation on the background of developmental education that addresses
its history, underlying principles, myths, and interesting statistics.
A presentation outlining Hunter Boylan's findings from Research-Based
Best Practices in Developmental Education and the research examining the
adoption of best practices by developmental educators in Texas.
A presentation outlining research-based best instructional practices for
use in developmental education, including:
and Timely Feedback
Administrative, and Institutional Practices
A presentation by Marilyn Mays and Ruth Dalrymple, based on Hunter Boylan's
work. Provides an outline of factors to consider in organizing a developmental
education system for optimal results, including:
of program activities
of developmental education and services
Management of faculty and student expectations of developmental education
with other academic units
of clearly defined mission, goals, objectives
of developmental education as an institutional priority
of comprehensive support services
of developmental education and community outreach
A presentation describing the components of successful developmental education
evaluation for program improvement
Emphasis on professional development
in professional activities
faculty as a resource
performance monitoring by faculty and advisors
Developmental philosophy as a guide to program activities
of classrooms and laboratories
Developmental Math Survey
A summary of the survey data demonstrating the degree of best practices'
adoption by Texas developmental mathematics instructors.
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Survey of Best Practices Adoption
The complete report of the research sponsored by the Texas Higher Education
Coordinating Board, Division of Community and Technical Colleges, including
disaggregation of data by institution type and recommendations.
the Developmental Math Discussion Forum