The Developmental Education Initiative asked 15 college leaders to take what they’d learned in early Achieving the Dream efforts and apply that to the challenge of scaling successful innovations and the importance of strong leadership at the top.

This two-part publication, What We Know, lifts up the successes of the Developmental Education Initiative (DEI) from the perspective of presidents and project directors.

What We Know: Reflections from Developmental Education Presidents

Edited by Madeline Patton

In this essay collection, the presidents of the 15 DEI colleges reflect on what they learned about building, embedding, and maintaining systemic change in their institutions—particularly in the difficult field of developmental education—through work with their trustees, students, faculty, staff, and community. They discuss how they and their colleges took on identifying successful innovations and scaling them up in the midst of leadership transitions, serious reductions in financial resources, and major changes in organizational structure.

What We Know: Lessons from the Developmental Education Initiative

In February 2012, MDC convened DEI college teams composed of faculty, administrators, and presidents and asked them to create the ideal path for under-prepared students to get from college entry to credential completion. This report synthesizes their recommended best program bets and related critical institutional policies for helping all students succeed at what they set out to accomplish in community college.

Related Project

Achieving the Dream