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New TC Center on College Remediation Launches at White House Ceremony

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TC faculty member Thomas Bailey will lead CAPR

TC faculty member Thomas Bailey will lead CAPR

         
TC’s new Center for the Analysis of Postsecondary Readiness (CAPR) was formally launched this week with a ceremony at the White House. Housed at TC’s Community College Research Center and led by Thomas Bailey, the College’s George and Abby O’Neill Professor of Economics and Education, CAPR is funded with a grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences.

Bailey joined U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, along with White House Domestic Policy Council Director Cecilia Munoz and other administration officials, to announce the launch as part of a White House meeting focused on best practices in college remediation. Judy Scott-Clayton, Assistant Professor of Economics and Education at Teachers College, and Elisabeth Barnett, Senior Research Associate at CCRC, also attended the event.

Lashawn Richburg-Hayes of social policy organization MDRC is serving with Bailey as CAPR’s co-principal investigator. CAPR will conduct three major studies to document current practices in developmental English and math education across the United States, and to rigorously assess the effects of innovative assessment and instructional practices on student outcomes.

The meeting on remediation was a follow- up to a White House Summit this past January that aimed to mobilize efforts to increase college access and success for low-income students. In his presentation with Richburg-Hayes, Bailey described the portfolio of research designed by CAPR and reviewed the advances that have been made in understanding and addressing the deficiencies in our developmental education system. Yet he also emphasized that remediation reform by itself cannot significantly increase college completion among low-income students. Improvements to developmental education, he stressed, must be pursued in the context of broader institutional reforms that attend to the entire student experience.

Read more about CAPR.

 


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