MoDEC Grant History
Developmental Education Consortium (MoDEC), a grassroots effort,
was formed primarily to provide a statewide forum for the study
and discussion of issues in developmental education. Initiated in
fall 2004 with the financial assistance of a $3,000 grant from the
Council of North Central Two-Year Colleges and the Higher Learning
Commission, MoDEC has brought together developmental education professionals,
including faculty, department chairs, institutional researchers,
and administrators, from across the state’s thirteen public
two-year colleges and the Missouri Department of Higher Education.
During 2004-2005, the grant provided travel funds for participating
institutions, funds to support institutional research, and funds
to defray other start up costs of the Consortium. MoDEC has been
structured to be a self-sustaining entity with shared leadership
and has continued its operation after the initial grant year.
Goals and Activities during Grant Year
• The consortium will provide a statewide forum for the study
and discussion of issues in developmental education.
• The consortium will serve as a liaison between Missouri
public two-year colleges and the Missouri Department of Higher Education.
• The consortium will collaborate with the Missouri Assessment
Consortium, the Midwest Regional Association for Developmental Education,
and other entities with an interest in developing and sustaining
effective developmental education programs.
• The consortium will include representation from at least
85% of Missouri’s public two-year colleges.
• The consortium will compile and review placement policies
and assessment instruments used within all of Missouri’s public
• The consortium will study success rates, such as graduation
rates, persistence, and performance in subsequent courses, from
at least 50% of participating institutions.
• The consortium will take a pragmatic approach to change,
rooted in mutual respect of institutional differences and built
upon consensus which allows for the complexity of change.
of Activities during Grant Year
• December: First consortium meeting.
Officially organize consortium, discuss institutional practices,
disseminate information, and set short-term and long-term goals.
• January-February: Second consortium meeting.
Network with other entities, explore collaborative ventures, and
work toward identified consortium goals.
• March: Third consortium meeting.
Work toward identified consortium goals.
• April-May: Fourth consortium meeting.
Prepare final grant report and prepare and distribute summary report
of consortium’s progress to Missouri higher education institutions
and other interested entities.