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Macomb Community College to be represented at White House event

– Monday, August 11, 2014 12:00AM

Provost James Sawyer will join other higher education leaders to discuss strategies for improving academic remediation

James Sawyer, provost and senior vice president, Learning Unit, Macomb Community College, will represent the college in Washington, D.C., tomorrow at a White House event on helping students who need help with core academic skills.

The event will bring together leading practitioners, researchers and higher education leaders to discuss topics such as ways to reduce the need for remediation through curricular alignment, strategies for redesigning assessment and placement, and improving developmental education design and delivery.

The event also will formally launch the new Center for the Analysis of Postsecondary Readiness, funded by the U.S. Department of Education Institute for Education Statistics. The center, operated by the Columbia University Community College Research Center, was formed to carry out research on innovative approaches to remedial assessment, placement and instruction. It works in collaboration with social policy research organization MDRC and scholars at Stanford University; University of California, Davis; and Vanderbilt University.

Macomb was chosen to participate largely because of its work in partnership with Achieving the Dream (ATD), a nonprofit network for student success. Last year, Macomb was named as an ATD Leader College, one of eight community colleges nationwide to earn that distinction. Through its faculty-driven Achieving the Dream initiatives, Macomb has reformed its math curriculum, including developing a new college-level course, Everyday Math, that has significantly improved student course completion.

Tomorrow’s event in Washington continues the work started during the White House College Opportunity Summit, held in January.  That meeting convened more than 100 college and university presidents to discuss ways to improve college access for low-income students.

About Macomb Community College
Macomb Community College ( is one of the nation’s leading community colleges, providing learning experiences to nearly 48,000 students annually.  Macomb nationally ranks in the top two percent in the number of associate degrees awarded by community colleges and as the largest grantor of associate degrees in Michigan.  The college’s comprehensive educational programming includes pre-collegiate experiences, university transfer and career preparation programs, bachelor degree completion and graduate degree programs, workforce training, professional education and certification, and continuing education and enrichment opportunities. 

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