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The premiere book release from the Council of Learning Assistance and Developmental Education Associations is now available. Co-published with the National Center for Developmental Education's DevEd Press and edited by Jeanne Higbee, The Profession and Practice of Learning Assistance and Developmental Education: Essays in Memory of Dr. Martha Maxwell can be used for scholarly research, professional development enhancement, course instructional material, and applicaitons to practice. The book is...
The College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) has commissioned a white paper "to engage in a critical look at the field to illuminate both the role and impact of college developmental reading." The full text of the document is available for download at
These principles are designed to serve as a guide for state policy makers seeking to improve postsecondary developmental education through mandated statewide innovations.  They are based on sound principles of research and policy analysis and should be considered when implementing new policies and programs in developmental education. Read the full recommendations:  CLICK HERE.
After learning that his obituary had been published in the New York Journal, Mark Twain responded that "Reports of my death are greatly exaggerated." The same might be said for remedial courses; reports of their failure are greatly exaggerated. Based on either misinterpretation or misrepresentation of the available research, many policy makers and higher education organizations are asserting that remediation has failed. This is not a valid assertion, nor one that is supported by a careful...
In an essay in the June 19, 2012 issue of Inside Higher Ed ("Knee-Jerk Reforms on Remediation," by Hunter R. Boylan and Alexandros Goudas), NCDE Director Dr. Hunter R. Boylan responded to Complete College America's conclusion that remediation is ineffective and thus should be eliminated. According to Boylan, "The news media, policy makers and various higher education agencies are using flawed interpretations of data about remediation to make unsupported assertions and repeat them...
A special issue of the Journal of Developmental Education (Volume 34, Issue 3) was developed to provide an update on emerging models and related promising practices in the field of developmental mathematics. It includes information on the impact of incorporating study strategies in developmental mathematics, a review of recent initiatives and corresponding practices, an interview with Paul Nolting on improving student success, and reports describing the design and delivery of developmental...
New NCDE Publication Available: Attaining Excellence: Research-Based Recommendations for Administrators, by Hunter R. Boylan and D. Patrick Saxon. Order your copy today!


Supplemental Instruction (SI) Conference - Seattle, Washington

Wed, 05/24/2017 - Sat, 05/26/2018

The International Center for Supplemental Instruction is pleased to announce our 10th International Conference on Supplemental Instruction! We will hold the conference from Thursday, May 24-Friday, May 26, 2018, at the Sheraton
Seattle Hotel in downtown Seattle, Washington. The theme for this conference, Sustaining Safe Harbors, seeks explore the ways that Supplemental Instruction sustains its commitment tocommunity, incluSIvity, and accessibility in ever-changing landscapes and how it can continue to inspire students to pursue these values in their own educational experiences and in the impact they will make on the future.  Keep checking the website for more registration information. 

Click the following for more info: General InformationAwards Nominations , Conference Schedule. Conference Sponsors, Hotel Information.

For questions contact:                                              

Megan Cross, Assistant Director, SIJ Managing Editor
International Center for Supplemental Instruction, University of Missouri-Kansas City

Call for Papers - 'Basic Writing, Developmental Education' - Jensen/Suh

Thu, 01/11/2018 - Tue, 05/01/2018


In the age of neoliberalism and attacks on Basic Writing and Developmental Education, we ask how do programs resist and foster best practices in the face of austerity, deprofessionalization, and the instrumentalization of education, which reduces education to a mere economic outcome?

Neoliberalism predicates a reality dominated by market ideologies, particularly those prizing efficiency, austerity, production, and competition over other values (Welch and Scott; Saunders; Stenberg).  

Faculty advocacy is essential to preserving best pedagogical practices that serve students and a rich vision of our profession in the face of these pressures.

Click here to read more..

NADE Conference 2018 - February 21-24, 2018 - Gaylord Nat'l Resort & Convention Ctr, Nat'l Harbor, MD

Wed, 02/21/2018 - Sat, 02/24/2018

EARLY REGISTRATION IS OPEN:  Discounted rate available until January 31, 2018.  Rates go up February 1, 2018.  Click the following link to register:  Register for NADE 2018

Limited Hotel rooms with special rate $207  1-2 people (click on link). The last date to secure the reduced rate is January 15.

Call to Conference Document

Keynote Speakers at NADE 2018

Thursday, February 22
STUDENT VOICES: WE BELIEVE IN YOU (Martha Casazza and Sharon Silverman)"The Believe in You Model, an outcome of the Student Voices research project, will be presented and discussed. Inspiring student stories will be highlighted as the model is shared along with strategies for promoting student success. Gain insights from the principles and practices based on the Believe in You Model in order to facilitate student persistence and graduation."

Friday, February 23
IMPROVING STUDENT PERFORMANCE BY ADDRESSING STUDENT AND TEACHER MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT LEARNING (Stephen Chew)"The goal of this presentation is to present pedagogical techniques based on the principles of learning that will help students develop a mindset for successful learning.Research shows that students who are explicitly taught how to learn do significantly better.Furthermore, knowing how to learn is an important life skill for success.In this presentation I will discuss and demonstrate some pedagogical strategies that incorporate principles of learning."

Friday, February 23
LEARNER JOURNEYS: ORIGINS, EXPERIENCES, and DESTINATIONS (John Storan)"This keynote presentation will explore some of the connections, between the different learner journeys which are a being undertaken into, through and beyond higher education.What impact, if any, does the origins of learners have on the learning journey they make and the destination they arrive at?The presentation will also consider by drawing on a combination of policy, practice and research sources what higher education providers along with other stakeholders can do to enable more and different learners to access and succeed in higher education


The Association for the Tutoring Profession 14th Annual Conference

Sun, 03/18/2018 - Wed, 03/21/2018

Come and enjoy the beauty of spring in the Sonoran Desert at the 14th annual Association for the Tutoring Profession (ATP) Conference in Tucson, Arizona, March 18 - 21, 2018, at the Hilton El Conquistador Hotel!

Our theme, Reaching the Summit of Success, focuses on the hope and inspiration that we in the tutoring professions work diligently to instill in our students to help them reach the top of their academic aspirations.

Beautiful Tucson is surrounded by five mountain ranges: the Santa Catalinas, the Rincons, the Santa Ritas, the Tucsons, and the Tortolitas. While mountains, like academics, can often feel insurmountably challenging at times, they also provide safety, serenity, and inspiring views of what is possible from their summits. At this years ATP conference, we invite you to share your promising and proven practices that bring hope to students seeking and reaching summits of academic success. Submit a proposal today for presentation at our 2018 Conference!

The annual ATP conference is a wonderful opportunity to share ideas and best practices and grow professionally in the process. Come and showcase your innovative technologies, social media endeavors, creative learning strategies, tutor training techniques, and/or research findings. Or let your colleagues in on how your effective management, data collection, assessments, and reporting techniques contribute to reaching summit successes. We want sessions on all things that make *your *academic support programs distinctive in giving hope to students while they strive to reach various pinnacles of success. Both professionals and students are encouraged to submit proposals.

For more information on the conference and how to apply, click here

2018 Association for the Tutoring Profession Conference

Sun, 03/18/2018 - Wed, 03/21/2018


Hilton El Conquistador Hotel & Resort, Tucson, AZ

ATP Mission:

To provide a communication platform linking tutors, tutor coordinators, and administrators who are committed to the development of the independent learner.

The goals of ATP shall be to:

Provide opportunities for tutors, tutor coordinators, and administrators to develop and enhance skills through the sharing of methods and strategies.
Provide a basis to stimulate research in the philosophy and application of tutoring.
Develop relationships with other organizations, schools, and businesses who are also committed to the development of independent learners.
Offer an annual conference and publications to bring information to all interested groups.

For full conference information including rates, click here


The Heartland Chapter College Reading and Learning Association Conference

Thu, 04/12/2018 - Fri, 04/13/2018

Heartland 2018 Conference Information

  • Conference Schedule: April 12 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • April 13 8:30 am - 1:00 pm
  • Location: The Oread Hotel. 1200 Oread Avenue. Lawrence, KS 66044
  • Registration: $125 Regular, $80 Student
  • Registration deadline: March 30, 2018
  • Reserve lodging by March 12, 2018 to receive group rate of $125.00 + tax per night. Call 1-(785)-843-1200 and request the "Heartland CRLA" group rate . Group Rate is not available on-line
  • Need travel money? Apply for the Heartland 2018 Travel Award

To see  the conference website with further details, click here

Association of Colleges for Tutoring and Learning Assistance Conference

Thu, 04/26/2018 - Sat, 04/28/2018

Come joing the ACTLA for their annual conference at the Crowne Plaza, in San Diego, CA.

UC Davis Learning Support Conference

Mon, 06/18/2018 - Tue, 06/19/2018

The 2018 Learning Support Conference at the UC Davis Conference Center will be hosted by Academic Assistance and Tutoring at the University of California, Davis in partnership with Sacramento State University and the University of California, Santa Cruz. All members of the learning support community in higher education are invited to attend including administrators, staff, faculty, and student employees.Registration for this two-day conference will be open through April 27, 2018. Registration is only $350 per person. Payment for registration must be made through Conference and Event Services.

Please see the conference website Here for further information

National College Learning Center Association Conference

Tue, 10/02/2018 - Fri, 10/05/2018


Each year, NCLCA hosts an Annual Conference focusing on learning center administration, research, staffing, funding, program evaluation, best practices, and an array of other practical issues in our field. Our four-day conference includes a variety of Pre-and Post-Conference Institutes, a Plenary Session with a keynote speaker, a Welcome Reception, a Continuing the Conversation Luncheon, a Member Breakfast, a Presidential Reception for Newcomers, over 50 concurrent sessions, exhibitors, and exciting Night on the Town options.

NCLCA conferences are well-known for friendly, tight-knit collegiality. We are an organization devoted to one audience: learning center professionals. Our annual gathering allows us to connect in ways that may be difficult in a larger venue.


Sheraton at the Falls hotel

Scholarship Information:

  • Hunter Boylan Research Scholarship
    • Application Deadline - May 31st, 2018
    • Purpose - The Hunter Boylan Research Scholarship is awarded to recognize completed research related to how Learning Centers contribute to student academic success as well as persistence.
    • For more info and to apply, click here
  • Karen Quinn Summer Institute Scholarship
    • Application Deadline - March 31, 2018
    • For more info and to apply, click here

The North Carolina Community College System Conference

Sun, 10/07/2018 - Tue, 10/09/2018

The next North Carolina Community College System Conference will be held October 7-9, 2018, in Raleigh, North Carolina, at the Raleigh Convention Center. More information is to come


Hold your association meeting at the conference. See the conference website to request a meeting space and to recieve more info


Consider making a presentation! The call for presentations proposal site will open in early 2018


Go to, or call 919-515-2261 for more details