The mission of the Developmental Studies department is to provide students with foundational skills necessary to be successful in college, employment, and lifelong learning.
During the past few years, the DS department has implemented new
strategies designed to increase the success of students enrolled in
developmental courses by promoting early connections and high
expectations, and by providing academic support to increase student
success and retention. To support these efforts, DS has increased
support and mentors for adjunct faculty, encouraged the use of unified
texts, tests, and pacing guides for all courses, increased the
utilization of academic coaches, and created student success teams.
Community and technical colleges educate students of all
ability levels, but often the students who seek community college education are
not ready for college-level coursework. In response to this issue, community
colleges offer developmental education courses, which are required, noncredit
courses for students who score below a certain level on college entrance exams.
At York Technical College, developmental education coursework helps prepare
students for college-level courses in math, reading, and English.
Nationwide, 68 percent of community college students test
into developmental education courses. Approximately 53 percent of York Tech freshmen
placed into at least one developmental course for the 2014–15 school year.
While developmental education programs are crucial to
student success, the traditional routes often create obstacles for students.
Developmental education courses are not for credit. The courses take additional
time to complete and can use up precious financial aid. These factors make it
difficult for students to complete developmental education courses and, subsequently,
To improve completion rates for developmental education
students, York Tech has implemented accelerated developmental education course
options. During the 2013–14 school year, the College offered pilot courses in math, reading,
and English. Accelerated courses allow students to complete developmental
education requirements in one semester instead of two. There are also course
opportunities that allow students to combine their developmental education
course with an entry-level freshman course. The courses feature smaller class
sizes, and also allow for more one-on-one time between students and instructors.
In the fall of 2015, York Tech will continue to offer the accelerated developmental education course options.
The Development Studies Department is responsible for the following courses:
Developmental Studies works closely with the Assessment Center and the Academic Coaching and Tutoring Center to provide integrated services that support student success.