Developmental writing course completion within four years
First-time students who initially enrolled in a transfer program in the Virginia Community College System in summer or fall 2004 and were referred to a developmental writing course
Overall, one-third (33 percent) of students who were referred to a developmental writing course completed the course, while 17 percent did not pass the course and one-half (50 percent) did not enroll. Students referred to a higher level of developmental writing completed the course at a higher rate than students referred to a lower level (43 percent vs. 24 percent).
Most beginning community college students must complete at least one developmental education course in mathematics or English (reading, writing, or both). For students who start in developmental courses two or more levels below the college level in a particular subject, this milestone is the first step toward completing their developmental education requirements and continuing on to college-level coursework. For students who start at one level below the college level in a particular subject, this milestone also represents the final step in completing that developmental education sequence.
Developmental writing courses: include writing courses one level below the college level (ENG03) and two levels below the college level (ENG01).
This indicator does not include the 35 percent of students in this group who were missing a placement recommendation in writing.
Jenkins, D., Jaggars, S., & Roksa, J. (2009, November). Promoting gatekeeper course success among community college students needing remediation: Findings and recommendations from a Virginia study (summary report). New York: Community College Research Center, Teachers College, Columbia University.
Roksa, J., Jenkins, D., Jaggars, S., Zeidenberg, M., & Sung-Woo, C. (2009, November). Strategies for promoting gatekeeper course success among students needing remediation: Research report for the Virginia Community College System (full-length technical report). New York: Community College Research Center, Teachers College, Columbia University.