Jane Serbousek (LO) has been invited to conduct a workshop at the Annual Completion by Design Cross-Cadre Retreat in Charlotte, North Carolina, in late February. Completion by Design is a five-year Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation initiative that works with community colleges to significantly increase completion and graduation rates for low-income students under the age of 26. The Gates Foundation has awarded competitive grants to community colleges in Ohio, North Carolina and Florida to help transform students’ experiences. The goal of Completion by Design is to substantially increase completion rates for these students while holding down costs and maintaining access and quality.
Serbousek will share the development and implementation of the Virginia community colleges’ redesign of developmental education with colleges in the cadre. The session will focus on lessons-learned from campus implementation of the Virginia developmental education reform initiative: what has worked, what has not and how the plan has been adapted to respond along the way. Models or components of models that could be adapted in other states will be examined, and other recommendations or implications for CbD work based on Virginia’s on-the-ground experience, including formative evaluations at all 23 colleges will be shared.
To learn more about the Completion by Design initiative, visit http://www.completionbydesign.org/about-us.