Professor appointed to state educational committee
PASADENA, Texas – San Jacinto College (SJC) professor Kristen Foxley was recently appointed to the Texas Developmental Education Advisory Committee (DEAC), an important state agency working to reshape developmental education and to improve success rates of college students.
Foxley says her involvement with the committee will be beneficial to the College and its students. “By participating on the committee we will be forerunners in implementing best practices and innovative programs in developmental education in order to increase student success rates,” she said. “We will also have first-hand knowledge of program components that meet the diverse learning needs of our students in both semester length and non-semester length courses.”
Foxley is particularly qualified to serve on the developmental education committee. She teaches developmental mathematics at SJC Central, and has also taught a variety of subjects at schools in the Klein and Spring independent school districts.
Developmental education (also called college preparatory) prepares students to succeed in college level courses in order to complete college degrees and certificates. The state’s DEAC analyzes information on developmental education, interventions, and policies, with regard to effectiveness and cost efficiency. “Just as students have a responsibility to be successful in our college preparatory classes, we have a responsibility to assess student needs and respond in innovative ways,” Foxley commented.
The DEAC includes three teams with each team evaluating a different aspect of developmental education. Foxley serves on the team responsible for program evaluation. “We will determine selection criteria and select developmental education programs based on data submitted by the state’s higher education coordinating board,” she said. “We will also assess program strengths and weaknesses and make recommendations to address problematic program components.”
Foxley says it is imperative for Texas to strive for effective developmental college education. “Recent statistics for two-year colleges indicate that 51 percent of freshman require remediation, and only 30 percent of these students complete the required remediation,” she remarked. She said the statistics not only indicate the need for college developmental education, but also reveal that the courses need to be redesigned so that more students complete developmental courses in a timely manner. “Reshaping developmental education is key to helping more students succeed in college,” she said. “Sadly, mathematics is often the biggest stumbling block for students. Some students never complete their degrees or certificates because of their fear of mathematics. By addressing the varied cognitive and affective learning needs of students, we can help more students overcome this academic hurdle.”
Foxley, who lives in Pearland, holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education (minor in mathematics) from Sam Houston State University, and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction (specialization in mathematics) from the University of Houston-Clear Lake.
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Photo: San Jacinto College (SJC) professor Kristen Foxley says reshaping developmental education is key to helping more students succeed in college. Photo credit: Rob Vanya, San Jacinto College marketing department.