A planning committee will plan a 2-day, open workshop that will explore the effectiveness of post-secondary developmental (remedial) mathematics courses with particular attention to the students who are unsuccessful in these courses. The workshop will explore the challenges these students face, promising approaches and areas where additional research is needed. The workshop will focus on the following questions:
1. Which students are not well-served by current offerings in developmental mathematics? How do we define “well-served” and what are indicators of student success in developmental mathematics? How do we define which students are included here?
2. What is the size of the total population that is not well served? Are there subgroups within this group and how do needs or challenges vary across them? How do Adult Basic Education students fit in?
3. What is known about why some students are not well-served? What do we need to know in order to better serve them?
4. Are there examples of successful approaches? What are the components of these programs (considering interventions both within and outside of the classroom)? What is needed in order to implement the more successful approaches?
5. What are the potential challenges and what strategies can be used to address them? What are the next steps?
6. What are the gaps in the research base and what are the key directions for research, both short and long-term?
After the workshop, proceedings of a workshop of the presentations and discussions at the workshop will be prepared by a designated rapporteur in accordance with institutional guidelines.