The bill directs the Colorado commission on higher education (commission) to adopt a developmental education policy requiring the governing boards of state institutions of higher education (institutions) to maximize the likelihood of success in entry-level (gateway) college-level course work when placing students into developmental education. The bill also specifies that institutions cannot place a student into developmental education based on a single instrument or test.
For institutions authorized to offer developmental education, this bill requires that, by 2022, such institutions shall directly enroll no more than 10 percent of students enrolling in the institution into stand-alone developmental education courses that may extend the student's time to degree. Instead, a student should be enrolled in a gateway college-level course with additional supports through supplemental academic instruction (SAI) or co-requisite remediation.
The bill allows institutions to pilot new approaches to remediate students who may not benefit from SAI or co-requisite remediation and to seek waivers from the commission to expand or duplicate successful pilots.
The bill authorizes all 4-year institutions to offer SAI, without approval from the commission, to students who need additional supports to be successful in college-level courses.
The bill clarifies and adds reporting requirements relating to developmental education and SAI.
The bill changes the term "basic skills" in statute to "developmental education" and makes conforming amendments throughout.
(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)