Launching a College Transition Center at Davidson-Davie Community College


How might we create a College Transition Center to improve student outcomes?


Six-pronged effort: 

  • Launched a College Transition Center to deliver developmental education at no direct cost to students
  • Recruited former high school teachers skilled in instruction as faculty
  • Designed center to encourage collaboration
  • Enhanced student sense of leadership and confidence through peer-based instruction
  • Invited students to participate in center messaging and promotion
  • Implemented a proven, interactive computer software (Hawkes) to accompany curriculum


The percentage of students who successfully completed developmental education courses increased from 2014-15 to 2015-16 from:

  • 75% to ~90% in DMA 010 course (math)
  • ~50% to 87% in DMA 020 course (math)
  • 57% to 71% in DRE 096 course (reading)

Student performance in curriculum-level gateway courses improved, and 7 out of 7 students who participated in the center passed their gateway courses.

Ready to take action?

Brainstorming prompts for you and your team to consider

Learn more about developmental education from our research