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The National Center for Developmental Education (NCDE) provides instruction, training programs, research, and other services consistent with the purpose of developmental education and the missions of Appalachian State University and the Reich College of Education. These services are provided to a national audience of professionals dedicated to serving underprepared and disadvantaged college students.

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Developmental Education

"Developmental education is the integration of academic courses and support services guided by the principles of adult learning and development."   (Boylan, 1999)

The field of developmental education supports the academic and personal growth of underprepared college students through instruction, counseling, advising, and tutoring. The clients of developmental education programs are traditional and nontraditional students who have been assessed as needing to develop their skills in order to be successful in college.



Developmental educators and learning assistance professionals with innovative ideas for incorporating theory, research, or principles of best practice into their practice can apply for the 2015 TRPP Innovation Award. Individuals and teams can...
The 36th Kellogg Institute for the Certification of Adult and Developmental Educators has been scheduled for June 20 - July 17, 2015 on the campus of Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. Visit www.ncde.appstate.edu/kellogg for...
September 23, 2014 - from Delaware.gov:  "More than half of Delaware public school graduates who enrolled in in-state colleges in 2012 were placed in remedial courses, according to data released by the Delaware Department of Education today....
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