Evaluation of Florida's Developmental Education Redesign

CNA Education researchers Dr. Christine Mokher and Dr. Julie Harris are supporting Florida State University as it evaluates the long-term outcomes of a recent developmental education reform of the Florida College System. This work is being conducted under a five-year, $3.3 million grant from the Institute of Education Sciences.

In 2013, Florida passed Senate Bill 1720, which, in an effort to make college education better fit the needs of Florida college students, made developmental education optional for most students and afforded flexibility in course options for those who need it. This reform has been called “one of the most drastic legislative actions aimed at reforming developmental education,” and there is much interest from policymakers nationwide in finding out whether it improves college students’ outcomes.1

The research team will take a mixed methods approach to evaluating, gathering, coding, and analyzing quantitative administrative records and conducting interviews, focus groups, and site visits to Florida colleges. The project aims to provide information to Florida policymakers on the effects this new policy has on students, and to inform the decisions of policymakers in other states interested in enacting similar policies.

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1 Center for Postsecondary Success. (2016). FSU Researchers Receive Major Federal Grant to Study Developmental Education Reform [Press release]. Retrieved from: http://centerforpostsecondarysuccess.org/fsu-researchers-receive-major-federal-grant-to-study-developmental-education-reform/