I-BEST pilot for Developmental Education fy10-12


Project Overview

The goal is to pilot strategies that move students further and faster toward the highest credential in the pathway. I-BEST for Developmental Education models are to extend the pathways developed in currently approved I-BEST programs that are at least two quarters in length (with the possible addition of a “green economy” pathway). The programs are to be a continuation from the approved program to the next higher level of a career pathway with a clear articulation. Both basic education and developmental education students are eligible to participate in these pilot programs. The demonstration project will allow colleges to test differing models for integrating curriculum that combine student services, revise curriculum design, and develop engaging instructional models.

Expectations of Participating Colleges

The overall project goal is to develop a model(s) that extends I-BEST into developmental education. The college program that is the focus of this proposal must be on the college’s inventory (or for a green economy program, the college has received an endorsed notice of intent for the program prior to submission of this proposal) AND has an existing approved I-BEST program in the program area that is at least two quarters in length. Participating colleges will decide which strategies/approaches to pursue. Elements include:

  • Curriculum: Design new curricular materials and approaches that integrate developmental education and professional-technical curriculum. Equal attention is to be paid to both disciplines resulting in a redesigned curriculum that includes active learning pedagogies.
  • Instructional Approaches/Teacher Support: Use data and a culture of evidence to modify, refine, and improve practices that advance student success. Provide shared/coordinated faculty [curriculum development and ongoing] planning time.
  • Student Support: Provide learning opportunities that are contextual and integrated including integrated program outcomes, use cohort and learning community-type models, include multiple modes, methods, and pedagogical strategies that appeal to diverse student populations and provide clear career and educational pathways for students. Develop an integrated curriculum that focuses on what students need to know and be able to do in order to work in their profession.
  • Institutional Support: Provide professional development tools and other resources necessary to help all students succeed with consideration on how to make necessary changes in structures, attitudes, paradigms, and strategies for student success by building on strengths of students, faculty, staff, and the institution – adopting a strength-based rather than a deficit approach to students, faculty, etc. Also, create strong collaborative internal and external partnerships to support the program.

Participating colleges will also be expected to emphasize the sustainability of the work through clear and visible departmental and institutional commitment to the project and to support cross-campus connections and sharing of practice within the coalition and across the system.

I-BEST for Developmental Education Program Summariespdf

The Student Completion Initiative will improve access and completion rates for low-income young adults in pre-college and college courses in Washington state community and technical colleges.

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