A New Model for Remediation and
Student Success

The college placement model is broken. A significant percentage of students end up taking at least one remedial college course—a costly and time-consuming proposition, and generally for no credit toward graduation. Increasing students’ preparation in English and math, using a low-stakes diagnostic assessment, and a focus on skill building is a more effective model to help students succeed.

This webinar focuses on the creation of this new model and a web-based tool that shifts the paradigm concerning traditional methods of course placement. Hear from a university that has already put this model into practice and is experiencing positive results.

Don PitchfordDon Pitchford, PhD, serves as Director of Higher Education Partnerships and Services for ACT. He consults with higher education leaders, professional organizations, and college administrators nationwide in developing enrollment management strategies associated with market analysis, predictive modeling, recruitment, best practice communication flow, financial leveraging, placement, retention, completion, and accreditation efforts. Prior to ACT, Don served as Director of Admissions and Student Recruitment at Oklahoma State University. Don and his wife, Melanie, have four children and reside in the hill country outside Austin, Texas.

Jan CaseDr. Jan Case is a professor at Jacksonville State University (JSU) and has been teaching mathematics and statistics for more than 30 years. Her research interests are concentrated in the professional development of mathematics teachers in the use of technology and web-based instructional materials. She has worked with a number of projects to encourage the participation of underrepresented populations in the STEM disciplines. She also directs JSU’s Student Symposium, an annual event that showcases the research activity of both undergraduate and graduate students. Her most recent project is leading a paradigm shift in JSU’s developmental mathematics program, in which placement testing was eliminated in favor of personalized student learning materials. Jan and her husband, Jim (JSU’s baseball coach), have two daughters and a shelter mutt and love small-town life in Alabama.