OKADE to Host Developmental Education Conference at Rose State College Published April 3, 2018 by Daniel Beck

Event hopes to bring educators and community together to discuss developmental education

Rose State College will host the Oklahoma Association for Developmental Educators (OKADE) “Just Us” conference Saturday, April 14. The conference, held in the Community Learning Center, will give educators, parents, community members, and others interested in developmental education an opportunity to discuss best practices, and how developmental education can be improved in the State of Oklahoma. This one-day conference is open to everyone and will feature breakout sessions discussing developmental education methods in Math, English, Reading and Support Services.  

“Our goal is to bridge the gap between K-12 education, technical and vocational education, and higher education, in the State of Oklahoma,” said Monique Bruner, co-coordinator for the event. Bruner, the Director of Degree Completion and Student Retention at Rose State College, is coordinating with Toni Castillo, Rose State Professor and Writing Program Administrator. Bruner and Castillo hope by bringing education practitioners and the community to the same table, it will help eliminate any stigmas associated with developmental education. The conference will also include a brief session that will focus specifically on educational outreach for developmental education with legislators.

According to federal data, 68 percent of community college students, and 40 percent of students at public four-year colleges and universities take at least one developmental course. Additionally, for students who take developmental courses, the national rate of on-time graduation is consistently less than 10 percent, with only 28 percent of community college students going on to earn a degree within eight years.

The OKADE’s “Just Us” Conference will be held April 14, in the RSC Community Learning Center. The event is free, and lunch will be provided. To register, attendees may visit the Rose State College website: www.rose.edu/content/academics/student-resources/developmental-education-success/.

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