It's no secret that developmental education is in the midst of a major transformation, driven by low success rates of entering freshmen who need remediation. Various reasons (the chief being students' lack of academic preparation) and proposed remedies have been reported here often.
A major consortium of advocates for reform has released a set of Core Principals for Transforming Remediation within a Comprehensive Success Strategy. The list of organizations signing on to the document is impressive, as it includes major players in the movement. Please look through it, and share with colleagues. It's in pdf format—handy for printing and discussion at meetings. Those in the field of developmental education should take note especially.
Educators in the field of DE who follow pertinent events should find no major surprises, and your college is undoubtedly engaged—or at least experimenting with—items on the list. Co-requisite courses, early assessment, and overall streamlining are among features in the Core Principals. You will find plenty of data and details, but the blueprint doesn't seem overly prescriptive, allowing each institution to frame its own strategy. What works in the suburbs may not be appropriate for the inner city.
As Texas lawmakers conduct hearings during the interim leading up to the next Regular Session, this publication will likely be included in their packets of information. Therefore, it behooves you and your colleagues to discuss any appropriate responses and share them with campus leaders and policy makers during the coming months.