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The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) has released an Educator’s Practice Guide for college and university faculty, administrators, and advisors working with postsecondary students who are academically underprepared for college. The “Strategies for Postsecondary Students in Developmental Education – A Practice Guide for College and University Administrators, Advisors, and Faculty” presents six evidence-based recommendations. The report includes a summary of the evidence, guidance on carrying out the recommendation, suggestions for surmounting potential roadblocks, and an implementation checklist for each recommendation.

If you are developing a grant proposal for a program to support college students in developmental education, this guide will be very valuable. It is full of resources and information to inform program design as well as establish rationale and evidence of potential effectiveness.

The six recommendations of the guide are:

  1. Use multiple measures to assess postsecondary readiness and place students.
  2. Require or incentivize regular participation in enhanced advising activities.
  3. Offer students performance-based monetary incentives.
  4. Compress or mainstream developmental education with course redesign.
  5. Teach students how to become self-regulated learners.
  6. Implement comprehensive, integrated, and long-lasting support programs.

The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) website page for the report is http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/PracticeGuide/23. The direct link to the guide is http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/Docs/PracticeGuide/wwc_dev_ed_112916.pdf.