The Alabama Community College System is committed to the academic and professional success of all students. The System’s commitment is strengthened through the offering of developmental educational services that provide a comprehensive approach to instruction and student support. This approach includes developmental education courses which assist students who require or request additional academic preparation before pursuing college level courses. Additionally, a variety of services are available to all students to introduce or reinforce the skills necessary for success in the classroom and workplace.
The Division of Instructional and Student Services provides this webpage as an online resource for students, instructors, and administrators interested in developmental education policy, preparation, and progress nationally and within the Alabama System.
Test Prep Resources
Many students do not adequately prepare for the placement exams (COMPASS and ASSET) that determine their enrollment in freshmen level Math and English courses. It is of the utmost importance that students are informed of the impact of these assessments before they make their first attempt. Additionally, if a student does not place in a college level credit course after taking the assessment, colleges need to ensure that students are advised appropriately and that they are exposed to the proper academic and student services resources. By providing the proper guidance and tools, there are increased opportunities for success on placement test and in the classroom. Below you will find links to recommended COMPASS and ASSET prep websites.
The term Best Practice is used to describe a practice that is data-driven, adaptive, and cost-effective; addresses affective and cognitive needs; and increases student learning. Many of our colleges have either implemented or are investigating practices to help students complete developmental coursework. The Department of Postsecondary Education (DPE) invites colleges to share information and approaches related to the development and sustainment of innovative and effective practices. By doing so, DPE encourages an ongoing dialogue that will foster postive changes and improvements in developmental education.
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