Transforming Remediation: Understanding the Research, Policy, and Practice


August 6, 2013


Michelle Hodara
Michelle Hodara

Sign up for a free webinar August 15 on transforming postsecondary remedial education programs featuring Education Northwest’s Michelle Hodara

Approximately half of all undergraduates and 70 percent of community college students take at least one remedial course, according to a U.S. Department of Education study. Unfortunately, many of these students never move beyond their placement in remediation. A 2006 sample from the National Educational Longitudinal Study shows only about a quarter of community college students who take a remedial course earn a college degree within eight years. These findings point to a significant need to transform remedial education to help more students complete postsecondary education.

A free webinar will present key principles for this transformation along with the growing research base of best practices. Senior Researcher Michelle Hodara of Education Northwest is one of the national experts on the webinar's panel. Hodara will discuss opposing forces that may be thwarting community colleges’ efforts to improve the outcomes of students referred to remediation. The findings are from a case study she helped conduct with Shanna Jaggars while at the Community College Research Center, Teachers College, Columbia University. In the webinar, Hodara will explain how these tensions shape developmental policy and practice, and suggest potential reforms toward a developmental education system that works to meet all its stakeholders’ goals.

This webinar is addressed to a wide audience: policymakers and higher education administrators and faculty interested in remediation reform, as well as secondary professionals interested in efforts to reduce the number of students taking remedial courses and improve the outcomes of students deemed academically underprepared for college coursework.

The webinar, sponsored by the American Youth Policy Forum, takes place Thursday, August 15, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Pacific time.