Developmental English Success Stories

Innovators Speak: Creating a Co-Requisite Model for English Composition

Author: Greg Underwood, English Department Chair at Pearl River Community College As a chair, I helped oversee the Pearl River Community College English department’s shift from offering nine non-transferrable developmental hours before students could enroll in the traditional first semester writing course, to a track where those same students now directly enroll in a transferrable, four-credit hour first semester writing course. We’re now in our second year, and our tracking numbers show that academically, students perform at or above the levels they did previously. Combined with the fewer developmental hours students no longer have to take, we now retain more Read More…


Busy Professor Discovers the Benefits of Aplia and its Impact on Struggling Students

Professor Ricardo Vergara teaches the Fundamentals of Writing course at Laredo Community College in Texas. Before using his current combination of Aplia with Fawcett’s Grassroots with Readings: The Writer’s Workbook, his courses were textbook based and did not include an online component. However, just a few years ago, dramatic changes to developmental education standards were mandated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB). The changes meant that Laredo Community College had to rethink and reorganize the developmental course sequence within his department. Additionally, Vergara and his colleagues wanted to give students a more organized, comprehensive, and independent study-oriented experience in the Fundamentals of Writing class.
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Aplia™ Promotes Preparedness and Streamlines Assessment in Developmental Reading and Writing

As higher education institutions seek new ways to help students move successfully through the curriculum, one trend is the integration of developmental reading and writing. Such is the case at campuses in the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD), where Ulanda Forbess teaches and coordinates the developmental reading and writing program. She has been using the Aplia™ online homework and learning solution for a year to help guide her students to reading and writing proficiency. Read More…


Aplia Helps Karen Hackley’s Students “Connect the Dots” Between Reading and Writing

In this success story, you’ll discover how Karen Hackley of Houston Community College used Aplia to promote proficiency, reinforce her classroom discussions and activities, and keep students involved and on track in her Integrated Reading and Writing course. You’ll also see how Aplia can help you reinforce key concepts, help students hone fundamental skills, and demonstrate the connection between reading and writing.
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Kristi Barker’s Students Build Vital Reading Skills with Aplia

Like many Developmental Reading instructors, you may be seeking a learning solution that will raise the motivation and confidence among your Reading students, deliver plentiful opportunities for practice and skill building, and offer students feedback in a timely manner. If his is true for you, take some time to discover how Kristi Barker of South Plains College (Levelland, TX) used Aplia to build students’ confidence, provide individualized practice, and give immediate and constructive feedback that reinforces key concepts and helps students improve their reading and comprehension skills.

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Aplia Gets Beth McCall’s Students Get Off to the “Write” Start

Are you seeking a learning solution that helps build fundamental writing and grammar skills and also works to improve student retention rates among your developmental writing students? Discover how Aplia helped Beth McCall of Gaston College (Dallas, NC) offer her students much-needed practice and reinforcement of key concepts, provide instant and constructive feedback, and increase retention in her courses.
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Aplia Provides Essential Practice and Feedback for Dr Kina Lara’s Integrated Reading and Writing Students

If you teach—or will soon be teaching—Integrated Reading and Writing, you may be looking for a learning solution that covers both reading and writing in a smoothly integrated manner, while also offering ample opportunity for skill-building and practice. Discover how Kina Lara of San Jacinto College (Houston, TX) used Aplia to reinforce key concepts and provide students with the practice they need to build fundamental reading, writing, and grammar skills.
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Tanya Stanley’s Integrated Reading & Writing Students Derive Big Benefits from Aplia

Discover how Tanya Stanley of San Jacinto College (Greater Houston area, TX) used Aplia in her Integrated Reading and Writing course to raise the level of active student involvement, motivate deliberate practice, and ultimately see an improvement in students’ grades, confidence, and satisfaction in the class. As you read, you’ll see how Aplia works to increase student engagement, offers instant and constructive feedback, and provides the practice that your students need to build fundamental reading and writing skills.
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Professor Dawn White Sees Increased Student Engagement and Improved Outcomes with Aplia

If you teach Developmental English, you recognize the challenges of covering all relevant material in the course of one term, while also keeping students engaged and motivated in the class. Discover how Dawn White of Davidson County Community College (North Carolina) used Aplia to address important concepts, help her students master critical thinking and composition skills, increase student engagement, and improve learning outcomes. Read More…


Aplia Enables Sandra McClammy’s Nontraditional Students to Get Comfortable with Online Learning

Technology resources provide solid opportunities for self-paced learning—yet your students may feel daunted by the prospect of using these tools if they have not yet engaged in online learning. Aplia for Developmental English reinforces key concepts and provides students with the practice they need to build fundamental reading, writing, and grammar skills—within an environment that students find both intuitive and engaging. In the following Success Story, you’ll see Sandra McClammy of Cape Fear Community College (Wilmington, NC) used Aplia to acclimate her Developmental English students to online learning, how it helped to make learning more enjoyable and productive, and how it contributed to an improvement in her students’ comprehension and grades. Read More…