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Developmental Education

The Developmental Education department is located in the Learning Resources Center.

Developmental Education Faculty Members and office locations:
Developmental Math                     
Bronte Miller, Room 113
David Dillard, Room 107A 

Michelle Zollars, Room 112
Jandy Sharpe, Room 111

Mission:The Developmental Education Program provides the policies, procedures, instruction and support to underprepared college students, enabling them to become independent learners while acquiring the necessary skills to be successful in college-level courses and acheive their educational goals.

Program Goals:
• To preserve and make possible educational opportunity for each postsecondary learner
• To develop in each learner the skills and attitudes necessary for the attainment of academic, career and life goals
• To ensure proper placement by assessing each learner's level of preparedness for college course work
• To maintain academic standards by enabling learners to acquire competencies needed for success in mainstream college courses
• To enhance the retention of student
*(adopted from the National Center for Developmental Education)

Studies conducted by the college clearly show that students completing the required developmental courses are retained at a higher level and perform in college level courses as well and in many cases better than non-developmental students.

Placement Test
Anyone who plans to enter a degree, diploma, or certificate program at Patrick Henry Community College is required to take the college placement test. If the student scores less than a certain "cut score" on the Placement Test, then he or she will need to enroll in the appropriate developmental studies course or courses. The Placement Test is given by Student Development Services staff often during the year (days, evenings and Saturdays). Prospective students can sign up for the Placement Test by calling (276)656-0325. Download the Placement Test student Guide for some test-taking tips and samples.

Accurate Course Placement
To ensure accurate course placement students are re-tested the first day of class in each of the developmental courses.  If the student scores high enough then he/she is placed in the next appropriate course.  Students are encouraged to review prior to the first day of class.  Math students can find an exam review on the math lab web page for each of the developmental math courses.

Students scoring developmental in at least two areas such as English and Math should see a developmental advisor.  Call (276)656-0227 for more information and/or to set up an appointment. Advisors include: Greg Hodges, Dean of Instructional Support Services (276) 656-0211; ; Bronte Miller (276) 656-0339 ; Jandy Sharpe (276) 656-0274 ; David Dillard (276) 656-0284 ; Angela Williams (276) 5498 ; Michelle Zollars (276) 656-0295 .

Program Features
• Faculty specialists
• Small classes
• Individual attention
• Tutors
• Counseling
• Computer-Assisted Instruction
• Help for special needs students
• Individual assistance with transfer
• Close collaboration with math lab
• Close collaboration with writing center

Award Winning
Recipient of The John Champaign Memorial Award for Outstanding Developmental Education Program - 2007.  This award is given by NADE - The National Association for Developmental Education.  It is a national award.