Developmental education was intended to be a pathway to college-level coursework.
For most students, it has become a dead end.
Nearly 50%of Illinois' high school graduates who enroll in community colleges are placed into developmental education in at least one subject and many don’t need it.
Time and Cost
Every year students attempt more than 400,000developmental education credit hours, costing them and the state millions of dollars while rarely counting toward a degree.
According to ICCB data, only 19% of Illinois community college students placed in developmental education will complete their degrees.
Many colleges across the state have invested significant time and resources implementing evidence-based models like co-requisite support to address these issues, but we don’t have a good picture of how students fare in each model or how institutions plan to scale models that maximize student success.
SJR 41 creates an advisory council lead by the Illinois Board of Higher Education and Illinois Community College Board that is charged with creating an inventory and analysis of current developmental education models and developing a plan for scaling reforms statewide.