Organizational and Administrative Practices

Institutional choices concerning program structure, organization, and management have
been related to the overall effectiveness of developmental education programs. The following
effective practices have been identified in this area:

A.1 Developmental education is a clearly stated institutional priority.

A.2 A clearly articulated mission based on a shared, overarching philosophy drives the developmental education program.

A.3 The developmental education program is centralized or highly coordinated.

A.4 Institutional policies facilitate student completion of necessary developmental coursework as early as possible in the educational sequence.

A.5 A comprehensive system of support services exists, and is characterized by a high degree of integration among academic and student support services.

A.6 Faculty who are both knowledgeable and enthusiastic about developmental education are recruited and hired to teach in the program.

A.7 Institutions manage faculty and student expectations regarding developmental education.


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