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Developmental Education Coordinator

Job Summary

The Developmental Education Coordinator oversees the Developmental Education Programs at MSU. The Coordinator reports to the Assistant Vice President, University College, and works in tandem with the Director of First Year Programs and Academic Services (FYP&AS). The Coordinator develops, implements, and evaluates academically sound programs that enable and encourage academically underprepared students to achieve their maximum potential and enhance their chances for academic success at the University. Responsibilities include needs assessment, student placement, program design and implementation, tracking, data collection, assessment, and reporting.

Duties and Responsibilities


  • Collaborates with the Department Chairs in Mathematics and English and the reading faculty in University College to establish and evaluate proper placement policies and procedures, along with coordinating curricular, programmatic, and advising aspects of Developmental Education.
  • Works with the Director of the Testing Center to notify prospective students and inform advisors and instructors about Kentucky and University student placement regulations.
  • Conducts research, writes program proposals, prepares budgets, and works with the FYP&AS Director to manage the Success Academy for students with two or more developmental needs.
  • Conducts research to determine best practice and coordinates the curriculum for the Success Academy.
  • Works with Department Chairs to identify capable and effective instructors for Success Academy, hires the faculty, and assures their collaboration and effectiveness in integrating the Success Academy curriculum.
  • Trains, supervises, and evaluates Success Academy instructors, tutor counselors, residence hall supervisors, and others employed in the academy.
  • Assesses the Success Academy and makes program improvements based on data.
  • Tracks, analyzes, and reports student development in and beyond the Success Academy.
  • Collaborates with other staff in University College to assure retention of Success Academy graduates.
  • Collaborates with Director of First Year Programs and Academic Services, the Director of General Education, and the Assistant Vice President, University College, along with other internal and external constituencies to plan and implement placement testing of students who do not meet College Readiness Standards established by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education.
  • Responsible for tracking and reporting progress of students who do not meet College Readiness Standards through their matriculation at MSU.
  • Coordinates programs for academically at-risk students including those who are provisionally admitted and/or on academic probation, assuring accurate tracking, provision of services, and compliance with university policies and procedures.
  • Develop workshops, formal and informal networks, and discussions which will promote best practice and current and effective process in Developmental Education course delivery and assessment.
  • Develops cooperative relationships with high schools, including guidance counselors in the service region to identify, select, and serve students falling below College Readiness Standards.
  • Collaborates with TRIO, Upward Bound, and other programs as they identify, recruit, and provide services for economically and educationally disadvantaged high school students who desire to pursue a postsecondary education.
  • Directs informational efforts through publication of newsletters, brochures, fliers, posters, public service announcements, and news releases.
  • Serves as a liaison between various university and external constituencies and University College on Developmental Education matters.
  • Serves as the point of contact for informational and process issues with departments, programs, and groups of faculty involved in the student advising process to assure understanding and adherence to new and evolving CPE guidelines regarding Developmental Education.
  • Coordinates and promotes Developmental Education workshops for faculty and staff professional development.
    Promotes through discussions, workshops, and formal and informal networking, best practices and current processes in Developmental Education course delivery and assessment.
  • Works with the Assistant Vice President, University College to oversee the operations and planning for the Developmental Reading program.


  • Assists General Education Director with annual WEAVE, goal setting and assessment for Developmental Education.
  • Continuously evaluates the Developmental Education website to ensure it always contains accurate and timely information.
  • Participates on task forces, councils and other university committees as assigned.
  • Attends and when possible, presents at developmental education professional conferences and workshops.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Director of General Education and/or Assistant Vice President, University College.

Organizational Relationships

The Developmental Education Coordinator reports to the Assistant Vice President, University College. The position interacts daily with students, staff, faculty and administrators concerning the needs of students in developmental education. The coordinator works cooperatively with academic department chairs in the content areas.

Minimum Requirements

Masters degree in an academic discipline. Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and written and oral communication skills are required. Experience in working with educationally and economically disadvantaged youth is required. Experience in teaching, academic program design, coordination, implementation, assessment, or evaluation is required.

Additional Desirable Qualifications

Academic degree related to developmental education is preferred. Experience in academic advising and designing or delivering academic support programs for developmental education is preferred. Knowledge of computerized database information software, admissions and financial aid processes, and careers and job and labor market needs is desirable. Previous experience in writing and managing grants is desired.

Working Conditions and Atmosphere

This is a 12-month contract with long hours, some weekend and evening duties, and frequent student contact and interaction in individual and group settings. Reporting deadlines, class preparation, and program management duties require the ability to work effectively and efficiently on multiple tasks. Flexibility and collegiality are essential.
Date Approved/Revised:  May 12, 2010; May 24, 2011
Grade:  E4