When a student enters your college and “isn’t prepared” for their college level math coursework how are they described? Are they remedial, basic skills, pre-college, developmental, adult basic ed (ABE), under prepared, or perhaps differently prepared? These various labels each come with baggage and in some cases political and financial implications. What do you do with them? If you are a selective college, maybe you don’t accept them in the first place. If not, do you offer boot camps, online prep, traditional sequenced coursework, a pathway, a co-requisite structure?

If you are looking for an organization that focuses on working with these students and the many ways you can do so NADE (National Association for Developmental Education) may be a resource for you. https://thenade.org/  Their motto is: Helping underprepared students prepare, prepared students advance, advanced students excel. 

The organizations stated mission is, “To improve the theory and practice of developmental education at all levels of the educational spectrum, the professional capabilities of developmental educators, and the design of programs to prepare developmental educators.” With goals of

  • To promote educational opportunity for all individuals, appropriate to their needs, goals, and abilities
  • To promote the retention of students
  • To encourage educators and institutions to utilize multiple forms of assessment that will ensure proper placement of students based on levels of academic preparedness
  • To encourage educators to maintain academic standards while helping learners to acquire competencies needed for success in academic coursework
  • To encourage educators to consider the development and application of cognitive and affective learning theory
  • To facilitate partnerships between educators, employers, and the community at large

Their national conference is in Georgia this year. https://thenade.org/2019-Conference