Achieving the Dream Core Team Structural Barriers Report

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Achieving the Dream Core Team Structural Barriers Report by Sub
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Priority Area:

Developmental Education collectively


Areas Analyzed Within
Priority Area:




Math



Reading & English



Commonalities that affect all of these areas:

o

Idea of Developmental
Education Committee which would be comparable to the
General Education Committee

o

Idea of pre
-
Early Alert (Life Survey to ascertain where students are
socioeconomically, etc. much earlier in the semester)

o

Idea of a Diagnostic Assessment



Structural Barrie
rs:



Placement test



No writing assessment



Class size of English classes



Lack of required orientation



Lack of required computer skills



Lack of standardized curriculum



Lack of understanding of poverty



Lack of flexibility in making changes (i.e.


not able to
move a student into a class that
meets at a different time due to extenuating circumstances such as finding a job, etc.)




Who needs to be a part of the conversation that seek
s

to address these barriers?

Institutional



Counseling/Advising



ESS (placement t
esting)



Student Focus Groups



Developmental Instructors



Academic Learning Center



Program Chairs form Technical Areas



Financial Aid



Workforce Development Board

Community



Felt that we need to hold of until we met with areas under institutional

Socioeconomic



Professional Development

o

Ruby Payne framework for understanding poverty (for PD credit)