holistic assessment, placement, and support

In many cases, the first decision made about a student's college experience concerns which math and English courses they will be required to take. While this seems like a starting point on their journey, research has shown that placing students in remedial courses has a significant impact on where that journey leads, which is far too often with a student leaving college.

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DIA's work in holistic assessment, placement, and support helps institutions in several ways.

  1. We help institutions identify and integrate multiple pieces of information into the placement decision making process, working to build a "holistic" placement model.

  2. We provide support for implementing the placement decision itself, including targeted course acceleration and communications with students. 

  3. We train advisors on the purpose of holistic placement and how best to communicate placement to students.

  4. We help integrate co-curricular resources so that placement isn't just about courses, but providing the necessary supports​ to maximize success.

  5. We provide projected and evaluative analyses to evaluate the impact of course placement on student success outcomes.

For more information about our work in Holistic Assessment, Placement, and Support, simply fill out the contact information below, entering "Placement" in the subject line.

Recent research has also shown a host of innovations that can improve traditional placement practices. Integrating multiple measures to more holistically assess students, providing integrated co-curricular supports, simplifying the course structure to avoid excessively long developmental sequences, and improving pedagogy through co-requisites and contextualized learning are all examples of ways the placement process can be improved. At DIA, our role is to not only help you understand these practices, but also to guide the development of a strategic vision about placement , as well as assist you in implementing these practices to improve student success.