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 National Summit on the Redesign of Developmental Education 

Community and technical colleges are being called upon to dramatically improve college readiness by redesigning developmental education. The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) 21st Century Commission on the Future recently presented the challenge to double by 2020 the rate of students who complete developmental programs and progress to successful completion of gateway/gatekeeper courses. In the midst of intense scrutiny,including calls to abolish the current models, much has been learned about how to accelerate progress and increase the numbers of college-ready students.

In an effort to significantly advance progress, AACC issued a call for 17 colleges to step-up to participation in a National Summit on the Redesign of Developmental Education. It is desirable for colleges currently working on some aspect of this redesign to be the ones to send a team of five to share their work while also being challenged by other college teams and key organizations involved in important redesign research and implementation. Through homework before the event, facilitated conversations during the event, and presentations on what has been learned during the past decade, the teams will develop action plans for the future. Their work will be featured in the publication of "Summit Proceedings" to show the way forward for all colleges struggling to increase students outcomes.

Featured Presenters included the following organizations:

  • Achieving the Dream
  • Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
  • Community College Center for Student Engagement (University of Texas at Austin)
  • Community College Research Center (Teachers College at Columbia University
  • Complete College America
  • Dana Center (The University of Texas at Austin)
  • Jobs for the Future
  • Khan Academy
  • National Center for Developmental Education (Appalachian State University)
  • North Carolina Community College System
  • Student Success Initiatives (University of Texas at Austin)
  • Virginia Community College System

The decade since 2004 has brought profound reexamination of the role and results of
developmental programs around the country. The movement, started in the late 1960s, must now take dramatic steps to improve outcomes.


General Sessions

Team Action Plans

Featured Presenter Presentations


 Event Photos

AACC Development Ed. Summitt 2.2.15

 Contact Information

For general questions, please contact:

Dr. Angel M. Royal
Chief of Staff
Ph: 202.728.0200 x255

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