Measuring the Costs of Developmental Education

(Retired) | Last updated August 17, 2016

Course Length

1h 22m

Last Updated

August 17, 2016

Measuring the Costs of Developmental Education

(Retired) | Last updated August 17, 2016


The cost of providing developmental coursework to underprepared students in the U.S. is an estimated $1.4–$2 billion annually. What is the true cost of developmental education for an institution, and how is it measured?

Join us online to hear Tristan Denley, a thought leader in developmental education, share his perspective on measuring the true costs of admitting conditionally or provisionally designated students. Highlighting the work done at Austin Peay State University, Denley will provide suggestions on how you can better understand these costs and how you can ultimately reduce costs and improve retention by offering credit-bearing developmental courses.

Who should attend?

Because developmental education is generally a cabinet-level issue, senior-level academic administrators and administrators responsible for the management of developmental programs and the support of conditionally designated students will benefit the most from this webcast. Enrollment managers and members of retention committees will also find this information relevant to their work.


  • Determining the cost of developmental education at your institution
    • Understanding attrition rates for developmental students
      • Implications of financial aid restrictions and stigmas around remedial courses
    • Cost of faculty time and student support services
  • Revenue and cost implications of credit versus non- credit-bearing courses
  • Cost benefits of faster integration into the regular curriculum
  • Growing partnerships with other institutions to help defray costs and create pathways for students to enroll at your institution

Why is this event retired?

At AI we want to always ensure that the best and most current trainings are available to members, and we regularly review our trainings to ensure that is the case.