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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.

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Congratulations to North Carolina A&T State University for receiving a $7.5 million contract from the U.S. Department of Labor for the  LEAD-IT Project – Leadership, Empowerment, Apprenticeship, and Diversity in Information Technology. Along with partners IBM Corporation, SHARE Association, IT-oLogy, Mobile Collaborative Education Consulting, Vets in Tech, Indiana University – Minority Serving Institution STEM Initiative, Mentor Services and Capital Area Workforce Development Board, NC A&T will develop a national opportunity network of employers and training providers to increase the numbers of underrepresented minorities, people with disabilities, and women entering IT apprenticeships and the IT workforce.

The full press release from NC A&T is available here: Cross Campus Collaboration Nets N.C. A&T $7.5 Million Contract with U.S. Dept. of Labor .

GrantProse is honored to have worked with NC A&T faculty and partners to prepare the proposal for this important work.