Strong Start to Finish: How Course Pathway Maps Increase Student Success
As developmental education reforms gain momentum across the country, course pathway maps help policymakers improve the student experience by identifying roadblocks to math and English course completion and, ultimately, a college degree. Course pathway maps create a visual guide, connecting the dots between every class in a sequence ending with the first college-level math or English course applicable to a degree.
SSTF Monthly Digest for July
12 States Accelerate Developmental Education Reforms During the Pandemic
Amid unprecedented challenges to nearly every aspect of higher education, it’s been difficult to continue commitments to institutional and systemic change made before the pandemic. However, Strong Start to Finish (SSTF) continues to push through these difficult times to advance developmental education and support the 4.8 million students that this work now impacts.
Second Pooled Investment
In October 2019, the Education Commission of the States was awarded a second pooled investment to advance the work of Strong Start to Finish. The funds are to support work streams grounded in the scaling and enhancing of reforms that have proven to directly and positively impact student progression into and through math and English credit-bearing course work in their first year of study. Pooled funds will support three interrelated streams of work. Each stream builds upon the foundation of success laid by the initial pooled investment in SSTF and responds to extant and emergent technical assistance needs in the field.
Strong Start to Finish Makes Investments to Advance Developmental Education Reform
Grants total more than $5.3 million and expand initiative’s impact to nearly 5 million undergraduates