This year’s conference theme, "Strength in Numbers," is a celebration of a decade of data-informed progress from across our network and an opportunity to discuss our future direction. Join us for our 10th-anniversary celebration. We will look back at the evidence-informed progress we’ve made as a sector but also look forward to the pressing issues of the day. This year the event will take place at the Charles Hotel in Cambridge, MA from May 20–22, 2019. 

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Tuesday, May 21 • 2:30pm - 3:45pm
New Approaches to Improving College Readiness Breakout Session
Limited Capacity seats available

Each year, many students arrive at college unprepared for college-level work: 41% of community college enrollees and 29% of four-year college enrollees reported taking at least one remedial course while enrolled. But, many students fail to complete their remedial courses and move on to college-level work. In response, colleges, schools, and states are experimenting with a wide range of approaches to help improve students’ ability to transition to college-level work. In this session, we will have three panelists discuss different remediation reforms aimed at improving students’ outcomes and one panelist discuss the role of dual enrollment in facilitating students’ transitions to college.
First, we will hear from the CUNY Start program, which provides intensive instruction and services to support students in meeting their remedial needs during one semester while delaying college enrollment. Next, we will discuss reforms in Florida, which included a change allowing students to opt-out of remedial courses in college. Then, we will hear from the Tennessee SAILS program which identifies students in high school that are flagged for college remediation and provides them with an opportunity to address their remediation needs in their senior year. Lastly, we will discuss the potential for dual enrollment in high school to better facilitate college transitions. We will end with a discussion about what we can learn from these initiatives and how we can move forward to improve college readiness.

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Whitney Kozakowski

PhD Candidate, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Whitney Kozakowski is a Ph.D. candidate in Education Policy and Program Evaluation at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and PIER fellow through the Center for Education Policy Research. Her research is focused on college access and completion. Her current projects examine how... Read More →

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Bethany King Wilkes

Program Director, Seamless Alignment and Integrated Learning Support, Tennessee Board of Regents
Bethany King Wilkes is the Program Director for Seamless Alignment and Integrated Learning Support (SAILS) at the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR). In this role, she oversees the SAILS Program that targets students who have not achieved college readiness benchmarks by introducing... Read More →
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John Fink

Senior Research Associate, Community College Research Center, Teachers College, Columbia University
John Fink is the Senior Research Associate for Community College Research Center. His research seeks to uncover structural barriers within higher education that result in inequitable access to educational and economic opportunity for racially minoritized, low-income, and first-generation... Read More →
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Christine Mokher

Associate Professor, Higher Education, Florida State University
Christine Mokher is an Associate Professor of Higher Education in Florida State University’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, where she is also a Senior Research Associate with the Center for Postsecondary Success (CPS). Her research is around policies supporting... Read More →
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Angela Boatman

Assistant Professor, Vanderbilt University
Angela Boatman is a higher education scholar whose work focuses on the evaluation of college access and completion policies, particularly in the areas of remediation, financial aid, and community college student success. Her research explores the outcomes of policies designed to increase... Read More →

Tuesday May 21, 2019 2:30pm - 3:45pm EDT
Rogers, Third Floor Charles Hotel (1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA, USA)