Developmental Education Reform

In 2013, the Florida legislature drastically restructured developmental education placement and instruction through Senate Bill 1720. The new law mandates that the 28 state colleges (formerly the community colleges) in the Florida College System (FCS) provide developmental education that is more tailored to the needs of students. This law gives students much more flexibility in deciding whether they need developmental education and how they can go about receiving developmental education instruction. For many students, developmental education and placement tests are now optional regardless of prior academic preparation. In addition, developmental education must now be delivered through a variety of accelerated and co-requisite strategies. The legislation does not mandate the specific programmatic details around each option (it only requires that each option be provided), and therefore allows the individual campuses in the FCS some flexibility in the form and delivery of each option.

Project Publications

Hu, S., Richard, K., Woods, C., Nix, S., Tandberg, D. A., Park, T., Bertrand Jones, S. (2016). Adapting to Change: Administrators’ Perceptions of the Second Year of Developmental Education Reform in the Florida College System. Tallahassee, FL: Center for Postsecondary Success.

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Hu, S., Bertrand Jones, T., Brower, R., Nix, A., Martindale, S., Rahming, S., Park, T., Tandberg, D. A. (2016). Learning to Adapt: Lessons from the Second Year of Developmental Education Reform at Florida College System Institutions. Tallahassee, FL: Center for Postsecondary Success.

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Hu, S., Park, T., Woods, C., Richard, K., Tandberg, D. A., Bertrand Jones, T. (2016). Probability of Success: Evaluation of Florida’s Developmental Education Redesign Based on Cohorts of First-Time-In-College Students from 2009-10 to 2014-15. Tallahassee, FL: Center for Postsecondary Success.

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Park, T. J., Woods, C. S., Richard, K., Tandberg, D. A., Hu, S., Bertrand Jones, T. (in press). When developmental education is optional, what will students do? A preliminary analysis of survey data on student course enrollment decisions in an environment of increased choice. Innovative Higher Education.

Park, T. J., Tandberg, D. A., Hu, S., Hankerson, D. (in press). One policy, disparate reactions: Institutional responses in Florida’s developmental education reform. Community College Journal of Research and Practice.

Hu, S., Bertrand Jones, T., Brower, R., Park, T., Tandberg, D. A., Nix, A., Rahming, S., Martindale, S. (2015). Learning from the ground up: Developmental education reform at Florida College System institutions. Tallahassee, FL: Center for Postsecondary Success.

Access the full research report here and the policy brief here.

Hu, S., Woods, C., Richard, K., Tandberg, D. A., Park, T., & Bertrand Jones, T. (2015). Diving into the deep end: How state college administrators in Florida describe the first year of developmental education reform. Tallahassee, FL: Center for Postsecondary Success.

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Hu, S., Park, T., Woods, C., Tandberg, D. A., Bertrand Jones, T., Hankerson, D., & Richard, K. (2015). How students make course enrollment decisions in an era of increased choice: Results from a survey of enrollment patterns and choice factors. Tallahassee, FL: Center for Postsecondary Success.

Access the full research report here and the policy brief here.

Hu, S., Park, T., Tandberg, D. A., Hankerson, D., Collins, R., & Nix, A. (2014). Florida developmental education reform: Responses from the leaders of Florida College System institutions. Tallahassee, FL: Center for Postsecondary Success.

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Hu, S., Tandberg, D. A., Park, T., Nix, A., Collins, R., & Hankerson, D. (2014). Florida developmental education reform: What do the Florida College System institutions plan to do? Tallahassee, FL: Center for Postsecondary Success.

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Hu, S., Tandberg, D. A., Park, T., Nix, A., Collins, R., & Hankerson, D. (2014). Developmental education reform in Florida: Perceptions of institutional leaders and plans for institutional actions (Policy Brief 1). Tallahassee, FL: Center for Postsecondary Success.

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