Precollege Milestones

Completion of Developmental English/reading Course Requirements: Colorado

Percentage of Colorado Community College students who completed developmental English/reading course requirements within two years, by race/ethnicity and age: 2006

What Is Measured?

Percentage of Colorado Community College students who completed the developmental English/reading requirements within two years

Who Is Counted?

Students entering Colorado Community Colleges for the first time in fall 2006

What It Tells Us

Some 91 percent of students age 17 to 19, 80 percent of students age 20 to 24, and 95 percent of students age 25 or older in Colorado Community Colleges who enrolled in a developmental English/reading course during their first academic year completed the developmental English/reading requirements within two years.

Why It's Important

Most beginning community college students must complete at least one developmental education course in mathematics or English (reading, writing, or both), and many must complete multiple courses in one or more subjects. Completing the highest-level developmental course in a subject is the final precollege milestone and is often required to transfer to a four-year institution or to earn a certificate or associate degree.

About the Data

Race/ethnicity: Other includes Asian; American Indian or Alaska Native; and Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander. Race categories exclude Hispanic/Latino origin unless specified.

Data Source

Complete College America. (2012, April). Remediation: Higher Education's Bridge to Nowhere. Washington, DC: Author.

Complete College America and the National Governors Association. (2011, March). Common college completion metrics technical guide. Washington, DC: Author.