The State of Developmental Education: Higher Education and by Tara L. Parker, Michelle Sterk Barrett, Leticia Tomas

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Whether it was due to inconsistent precollege requirements in the eighteenth century, the need to enroll as many students as possible to guarantee the survival of emerging institutions in the nineteenth century, or fear over national security and global competitiveness in the twentieth century, developmental education has been employed to attain those goals. However, as the next section illustrates, the inclusion of developmental education on college campuses has cast a shadow over postsecondary settings.

Throughout the state, at various levels of governance, many individuals voiced concern about insufficient public recognition that manufacturing jobs are not returning. One state higher education leader explained: For years we’ve been trying to say to students the textile industry has gone. Don’t plan to drop out when you turn 16 and get a job in the mill. There is no mill. We have huge numbers of people that had their careers planned who are now in their 40s and 50s and 60s and they’re unemployed and they’re desperately poor.

Consequently, the role of education shifted from the training of an elite populace to one that resonated greatly with the spirit of democracy. 12 No longer would the colonies rely on England for goods and other needed services; instead, they would rely on their own ingenuity and skill to make the fledgling nation much more self-reliant and prosperous. The spirit of democracy and self-reliance is one that still characterizes America today. In a time of global competition, advanced technology, and scarce resources, America is looking to harness the strengths of its citizens to retain its global prominence.

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