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Examining First-Time-in-College Student Enrollment Patterns and Performance in Select Courses Following Developmental Education Redesign in Florida


by Toby J. Park, Chenoa S. Woods, David A. Tandberg, Keith Richard, Oguzcan Cig, Shouping Hu & Tamara Bertrand Jones October 26, 2016

In this research note, we compare enrollment and passing rates of developmental courses and gateway (introductory college-level) courses for entering cohorts of first-time-in-college (FTIC) students before and after a major developmental education reform was implemented in Florida. Overall, we find that more FTIC students are taking and passing gateway courses in the post-reform era than before.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: October 26, 2016
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 21699, Date Accessed: 12/12/2017 2:45:30 PM

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  • Toby Park
    Florida State University
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    TOBY J. PARK is an associate director of the Center for Postsecondary Success and an assistant professor of education policy at Florida State University. His primary research utilizes quasi-experimental methods and large statewide datasets to investigate student outcomes in postsecondary education and explore potential policy initiatives that could improve student success. His recent publications include articles in Innovated Higher Education and Teachers College Record.
  • Chenoa Woods
    Florida State University
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    CHENOA S. WOORDS is a research faculty member in the Center for Postsecondary Success at Florida State University. Her primary research interests include college access, choice, and success with an emphasis on precollege counseling and preparation. Her recent publications include an article in Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk and a chapter in the book High School to College Transition Research Studies.
  • David Tandberg
    Florida State University
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    DAVID TANDBERG is a principal policy analyst with the State Higher Education Executive Officers Organization and formerly an associate professor of higher education at Florida State University. His research interests center on state higher education policy, politics, and finance. Recent publications include articles in The Journal of Higher Education and Community College Journal of Research and Practice.
  • Keith Richard
    Florida State University
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    KEITH RICHARD is a graduate research assistant in the Center for Postsecondary Success and a doctoral candidate in the Sociology department at Florida State University. His research interests include community college reform, sociology of education, and social inequalities. His recent publications include an article in Innovative Higher Education.
  • Oguzcan Cig
    Florida State University
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    OGUZCAN CIG is a researcher in the Office of Quality Assurance and Reporting and an adjunct instructor in Educational Leadership and Policy program. His research interests include early cognitive development, teacher education, and racial and ethnic disparities in education. His recent publications include articles in Research in Special Education Needs and Computers in Human Behavior.
  • Shouping Hu
    Florida State University
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    SHOUPING HU is the founding director of the Center for Postsecondary Success and the Louis W. and Elizabeth N. Bender endowed professor of higher education at Florida State University. His research interests include student postsecondary readiness, outcomes, and success and public policy. His recent publications include articles in Journal of Higher Education and Review of Higher Education.
  • Tamara Bertrand Jones
    Florida State University
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    TAMARA BERTRAND JONES is an associate director of the Center for Postsecondary Success and an associate professor of higher education at Florida State University. Her research uses culturally responsive frameworks to examine the sociocultural contexts of evaluation and education for underrepresented populations in academia. Her recent publications include an article in Journal of Negro Education.
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