MCSS is committed to helping colleges increase the number and percentage of marginalized students who successfully complete gateway courses in English and mathematics through the redesign of developmental education and placement processes. Recent research shows conclusively that, despite all of our good intentions, traditional prerequisite developmental courses hinder students’ progress and raise, rather than lower, barriers to gateway, college-level, transferable course completion. We support the Michigan colleges who, along with increasing numbers of institutions nationwide, are transitioning from a prerequisite paradigm of remediation to a new paradigm, placing the vast majority of students directly into gateway, transfer-level courses accompanied by enhanced and integrated support. Michigan colleges are increasingly adopting policies, practices, and procedures that are designed to eliminate structural inequities, recognize and address implicit bias, and promote equitable course completion.
The Michigan Reconnect Grant Act (Act 84 of 2020) required the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity to convene a workgroup to make recommendations related to developmental education placement policies for community colleges. Work group members were recruited in February, and then met March-June. President Coleman of Bay College and President Phelan of Jackson College for served on the workgroup, along with Jenny Schanker from the Center for Student Success. In addition, administrators and faculty from Delta College, Henry Ford College, and Lake Michigan College also served on the work group. Sova Solutions helped identify national experts in this field to inform the recommendations. LEO encourages colleges to review this report and consider adopting placement policies aligned with these recommendations. The full text of the recommendations is linked below. On page 9-10, you will find the full list of the members of the workgroup.
Crain's Forum: College readiness--another pandemic pivot (August 2021)
ECS 50 State Assessment Comparison (April 2021)