Access Policies in Massachusetts

Lizotte, R. (1998). Access and quality: Improving the performance of Massachusetts Community College developmental education programs. Boston, MA: Massachusetts Community College System. The Massachusetts Community College Developmental Education Committee was charged to identify practices and models for adoption by the state's community colleges. Some of the recommendations include the following four areas. Assessment and Placement: mandatory comprehensive assessment of all incoming students; mandatory placement into appropriate courses. Curriculum Design and Delivery: comprehensive developmental curriculum; exit criteria for each developmental course; conduct continuous outcome research to measure program effectiveness. Support Services: monitor student success through intrusive advising; provide tutors and Supplemental Instruction program. Organizational Structure: professional development of faculty; fund full-time faculty to teach developmental courses.