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National Center for Postsecondary Research Conference 2012
Teachers College, Columbia University
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Click on the sessions below to view presentation slides and related papers that are available for download. Please note that not all presentations are accompanied by slideshows and/or related papers. For a full list of presentations, see the conference agenda.

Welcome and Opening Session

The Problem with Developmental Education—Thomas Bailey, NCPR
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Session 2: Discrete Reforms of Developmental Education

Results of NCPR Randomized Controlled Trials on Learning Communities—Mary Visher, MDRC
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Related Publications:
  • Scaling Up Learning Communities: The Experience of Six Community Colleges
    NCPR Report | Executive Summary
  • Breaking New Ground: An Impact Study of Career-Focused Learning Communities at Kingsborough Community College
    NCPR Report | Executive Summary
  • Learning Communities for Students in Developmental English: Impact Studies at Merced College and The Community College of Baltimore County
    NCPR Report | Executive Summary
  • Learning Communities for Students in Developmental Math: Impact Studies at Queensborough and Houston Community Colleges
    NCPR Report | Executive Summary
  • Learning Communities for Students in Developmental Reading: An Impact Study at Hillsborough Community College
    NCPR Report | Executive Summary
Acceleration Research (CCBC, CCD, and Chabot)—Shanna Jaggars, Community College Research Center
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Related Publications
  • Tracking the Success Rates of Students in CCBC's ALP
    CCRC Memo
  • The Opposing Forces that Shape Developmental Education: Assessment, Placement, and Progression at CUNY Community Colleges
    CCRC Working Paper
  • A Model for Accelerating Academic Success of Community College Remedial English Students: Is the Accelerated Learning Program (ALP) Effective and Affordable?
    CCRC Working Paper
Evaluating Institutional Efforts to Streamline Postsecondary Remediation: The Causal Effects of the Tennessee Developmental Course Redesign—Angela Boatman, Harvard University
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Related Publication:
  • Evaluating Institutional Efforts to Streamline Postsecondary Remediation: The Causal Effects of the Tennessee Developmental Course Redesign Initiative on Early Student Academic Success
    NCPR Working Paper

Break-Out Discussions Following Session 2

2A: Learning Communities—Evan Weissman, MDRC; with Donna McKusick, Community College of Baltimore County; and Rachel Singer, Achieving the Dream
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2B: Math Acceleration/Compression Models—Mary Visher, MDRC; with Hank Martel, Broward College; and Elaine Baker, Community College of Denver
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Download the PowerPoint (PDF Format) / Baker

2C: Statistics-Based Approaches to Developmental Education Reform—Myra Snell, Los Medanos College; and Lucy Michal, El Paso Community College
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2D: Modularized Math with Software—Karen Wyrick, Cleveland State Community College (TN); and Greta Harris-Hardland, Tarrant County College
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2E: Accelerated Learning Models in English—Peter Adams, Community College of Baltimore County; and Katie Hern, Chabot College
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Session 3: Strengthening the Academic Skills of Community College Students Through Reforming the Relationship Between High School and College

Results of Florida and California Dual Enrollment Studies—Cecilia Speroni, Mathematica
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Related Publications:
  • Determinants of Students' Success: The Role of Advanced Placement and Dual Enrollment Programs
    NCPR Working Paper
  • High School Dual Enrollment Programs: Are We Fast-Tracking Students Too Fast?
    NCPR Working Paper
Incoming Student Assessment and Placement—Judith Scott-Clayton, Community College Research Center
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Related Publications:
  • Do High-Stakes Placement Exams Predict College Success?
    CCRC Working Paper
  • Predicting Success in College: The Importance of Placement Tests and High School Transcripts
    CCRC Working Paper
  • Assessing Developmental Assessment in Community Colleges
    CCRC Working Paper
  • Bridging College and Careers: Using Dual Enrollment to Enhance Career and Technical Education Pathways
    NCPR Working Paper
Results of the NCPR Summer Bridge Randomized Controlled Trial—Heather Wathington, University of Virginia
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Related Publications:

Break-Out Discussions Following Session 3

3A: Dual Enrollment—Suzanne Korey, City College of San Francisco; and Diane Hollems, Santa Barbara City College
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3C: Summer Bridge—Irma Camacho, El Paso Community College
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3D: College Readiness Partnerships—Elisabeth Barnett, Community College Research Center; G-Force Program—Becky Rodriguez, Texas Woman's University

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3E: Alternative Approaches to Assessment and Placement—Ed Bowling, Guilford Technical Community College
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Session 4: Improving Developmental Education Through More Comprehensive Reform

Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP)—Michael Weiss, MDRC
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Related Publication:

  • What Can a Multifaceted Program Do for Community College Students? Early Results from an Evaluation of Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP) for Developmental Education Students
    MDRC Report

Scaling Reforms in Developmental Education—Janet Quint, MDRC
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Related Publications:

  • Scaling Up Is Hard to Do: Progress and Challenges During the First Year of the Achieving the Dream Developmental Education Initiative
    MDRC Paper
  • Turning the Tide: Five Years of Achieving the Dream in Community Colleges
    MDRC Report | Executive Summary
  • Unlocking the Gate: What We Know About Improving Developmental Education
    MDRC Report | Executive Summary

Virginia Statewide Developmental Education Reforms—Nikki Edgecombe, Community College Research Center; and Susan Wood, Virginia Community College System
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Break-Out Discussions Following Session 4

4A: Achieving the Dream/DEI—Kathleen Cleary, Sinclair Community College
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4B: ASAP—Sue Scrivener, MDRC; Donna Linderman, City University of New York; and Michael Weiss, MDRC
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4C: New Community College—Stuart Cochran and Nicola Blake, New Community College at the City University of New York
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4D: Completion by Design—Davis Jenkins, Community College Research Center; and Terri Manning, Central Piedmont Community College
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4E: Virginia Developmental Education Reforms—Jane Serbousek, Northern Virginia Community College
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