WCET's 28th Annual Meeting
Redeveloping Developmental Ed: An Accelerated, Synchronous Approach

Moderator: , Online Programs Compliance Coordinator, University of Utah
Speaker: , Department Dean, Rasmussen College


In 2012, Rasmussen College launched a fully-revamped developmental education experience, including new courses, entrance assessments, faculty training, and course development models. With a developmental education student population which is non-traditional and nearly fully online, Rasmussen College has increased its developmental education pass rates by more than 15% while significantly decreasing the number of developmental education seats through diversifying its entrance assessments. The new courses are accelerated and taken concurrently with major coursework. Online students attend synchronous collaborative learning sessions with faculty members.
Through its revamped developmental education experience, Rasmussen College has achieved higher developmental education pass rates, a reduction in developmental education seats, and long-term success for these students – all with a population who learns mostly in an online environment. The Rasmussen College developmental education model emphasizes collaborative learning, motivation, and the presence of online tools to promote student voice and application.