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National Conference Focuses on Helping Underprepared College Students

BOONE–Ninety-nine percent of community colleges and 75 percent of universities offer developmental education to more than two million underprepared students each year through teaching, counseling, advising and tutoring, according to National Center for Education Statistics. Both traditional and nontraditional students need help developing math, reading and other skills for college success.

Educators across the Carolinas can learn the latest in developmental education teaching and research during the Third National Conference on Research in Developmental Education, which will be held in Charlotte Oct. 24-27.

Sponsored by Appalachian State University’s National Center for Developmental Education (NCDE), the conference will feature more than 70 presentations, four pre-conference institutes, a post-conference institute, and a participant brainstorming session to identify future research issues for the field.

Developmental educators wishing to present at the conference must turn in proposals to NCDE by May 25.

Co-sponsored by the National Association for Developmental Education, the College Reading & Learning Assistance Association and the National College Learning Center Association the conference’s purpose is to integrate research with practice in the field of developmental education and learning assistance. Although based on research, presentations are designed to help practitioners improve their own developmental courses, programs, and support services for underprepared college students.

Results from major national research projects will be presented as well as results from research conducted by individuals and institutions at the regional and state levels.

Keynote addresses feature David Taylor, dean of the General College at the University of Minnesota, and Hunter Boylan, director of the National Center for Developmental Education.

Conference registration fees are $165 ($185 after Sept. 1). Call (828) 262-3057 or visit for more information. The conference will be held at Charlotte’s Omni Hotel and registration is limited to the first 450 participants.