Kolajo, E.F. (2004). From Developmental Education to Graduation: The Community College Experience. Community College Journal of Research and Practice, 28, 365-371.
Using ex post facto analysis of outcomes data, this paper tracks the academic performances of developmental and non-developmental students and examines the effects that developmental courses have on subsequent academic progress leading up to graduation. Three-year data on developmental students and graduates were analyzed to discern the characteristics of students graduating from the college, and to compare and contrast the characteristics of developmental and non-developmental students who graduated. This study shows that there is a positive link between the number of developmental courses taken and time to graduation. Consistent with prior studies, it is remarkable that developmental students perform equally well in college-level courses as non-developmental students, depending on the number of precollege level courses taken.