Impacting the future of Developmental Education in Michigan.The MDEC October 2017 Conference will be held at Delta College in Bay City October 12-13!
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Dr. Daniel T. Willingham, MDEC Fall 2017 Conference Keynote Speaker

MDEC is currently accepting break-out session proposals for the Fall 2017 conference, Fostering Self-Regulated Learning with Research-Based Best Practices, to be held October 12-13, 2017, at the Delta College Planetarium in Bay City, Michigan.

MDEC is pleased to announce that the upcoming conference will feature keynote speaker, Daniel Willingham, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies at the University of Virginia. If you have not yet had a chance to read Dr. Willingham’s research, please take a moment to peruse it here.

NADE Accreditation: The Right Decision for the Current Time

MDEC supports NADE Accreditation and has tentatively scheduled an institute at the October 2017 MDEC Conference for Thursday, October 12, from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM. In order for the institute to run, MDEC must have a minimum of 12 participants, and the cost to each participant is approximately $250. If you are interested in attending the institute, please contact MDEC President, Alex Goudas by email at: alexgoudas@delta.edu.


McCabe 2017 Conference is now accepting proposals!

The 2nd Annual McCabe Developmental Education Conference is a joint effort of NADE and MDEC, Michigan Developmental Education Consortium

Make plans now to present at the 2nd Annual McCabe Developmental Education Conference. Join your colleagues in celebrating the work of Dr. Robert McCabe through sharing your work in enhancing access, equity, and success for all students in postsecondary education. The conference is named in honor of Dr. Robert McCabe, one of the original modern advocates of and researchers in developmental education and will feature keynote, Michael Collins.

Michael Collins is a vice president in Jobs for the Future’s Building Educational Pathways for Youth group. He leads the Postsecondary State Policy team, developing and advocating for state policies on behalf of national initiatives, such as Achieving the Dream, Completion by Design, and the Student Success Center initiative. A policy researcher, analyst, writer,

Prof. Michael Collins

and strategy consultant, Mr. Collins helps states to develop and implement public policies designed to increase the number of low-income and minority students who successfully transition from high school into college, persist, and earn credentials and degrees. Mr. Collins leads JFF’s Postsecondary State Policy Network, which provides access to the state lawmakers, faculty, and college leaders in almost 50 percent of the community colleges in the nation, educating over 50 percent of the nation’s students in public two-year colleges. Mr. Collins regularly convenes education thought leaders and collaborates with public policy decision makers, state and national intermediary organizations, philanthropic organizations, academic researchers, and nationally recognized policy experts to design and execute on-the-ground policy/action agendas for dramatically improving the rates at which students reach their individual education goals, and at which states reach their statewide education attainment and workforce goals.

Before joining JFF, Mr. Collins served as assistant commissioner for participation and success at the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. In that capacity, he worked with K-12, higher education, the business community, the Texas Legislature, and community-based organizations to increase college access and success. He earned a masters of public affairs from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin.


MDEC 2017 was held at Kalamazoo Valley CC from March 23-24, 2017. Click here for more details, and click here to see pictures.

MDEC was pleased to feature keynote speaker, Dr. Stephen D. Brookfield. Dr. Brookfield presented “Creating Classrooms to Foster Survival & Success.”