Developmental Education Rates Rise
Developmental education rates rise slightly for second straight year
Higher education reforms lead to $9.7 million in savings
The number of Colorado high school graduates placed into developmental education, or remediation when entering college increased slightly in 2015-2016 over the previous year from 35.4 percent to 36.1 percent, according to this year’s report. That amounts to 7,838 students needing developmental education, or 366 more students than last year.
Despite the increase, the combined cost to the state and to college students enrolled in developmental education courses dropped to $29.6 million, a $9.7 million dollars cost savings from last year. The savings are the result of students taking fewer developmental courses thanks to significant reforms that allow students to earn college credit while receiving supplemental academic support.
Developmental education courses are designed for students who require additional instruction in basic academic competencies necessary to succeed in a college-level curriculum. Developmental education includes enrollment in traditional remedial education and Supplemental Academic Instruction.
Historically, the state has seen a downward trend in the number of students needing developmental education. Colorado’s developmental education rates are comparable with the nation and typically hover below 40 percent.
“I am pleased that the reforms adopted by our colleges and universities are showing promising results and yielding millions of dollars in savings to the state and students,” said Colorado Department of Higher Education Executive Director Kim Hunter Reed. “But we must reduce the need for developmental education. Ensuring that our high school students graduate academically prepared is critical to student success.”