CLADEA (formerly ACDEA)


Upcoming CLADEA Webinar Series

Registration is now open for the first CLADEA Webinar Series. CLADEA and TRPP Associates, LLC, are collaborating on a webinar series titled From Research to Practice: “Meaningful Access and Support-The Path to College Completion.” This five session series addresses the five imperatives of the recently released CLADEA White Paper and will encourage dialogue leading to specific action steps. Each session will address a separate imperative from the White Paper (downloadable from or

Dates: February 21, March 21, April 18, May 23, June 27 (Friday afternoons 2:00-3:00 p.m. EST)
Presenters: Dr. Martha E. Casazza and Dr. Sharon L. Silverman
Cost: The price is $50 for each session or $200 for all five sessions in the series. Registrants may have up to five participants per registration.


New CLADEA White Paper "Meaningful Access and Support"

The Council of Learning Assistance and Developmental Education Associations (CLADEA) has released a white paper calling for colleges and universities to increase "meaningful access" for all students. The paper discusses why increasing access is essential for the United States and describes five imperatives for U.S. Higher education:
  • Expand evidence-based, comprehensive support systems,
  • Develop innovative funding models,
  • Recognize developmental education as a field of practice with professional standards, and
  • Fund research to measure the long-term impact of innovations.



NEW! CLADEA Publication: The Profession and Practice of Learning Assistance and Developmental Education: Essays in Memory of Dr. Martha Maxwell

History of CLADEA

According to Hunter Boylan, "the American Council of Developmental Education Associations (ACDEA) was established in 1996 to promote greater cooperation, coordination, and communication among professional organizations concerned with learning assistance and developmental education." In August 2007, Boylan hosted a committee charged with reviewing the Council's constitution, mission, and name. On November 2, 2007, at CRLA's Portland conference, members of the Council adopted the committee's new vision, mission, and bylaws. A new name was also adopted to better describe the group's member associations-Council of Learning Assistance and Developmental Education Associations (CLADEA).

CLADEA's newly crafted vision is to "Provide leadership and a unified voice to advance the profession of postsecondary learning assistance and developmental education." The mission is "To foster mutual support among national and international organizations dedicated to postsecondary learning assistance or developmental education."

According to the new bylaws, the purposes of the Council are to "coordinate the work of its members, promote collaboration among its members, serve as a forum for effective communication among its members, provide leadership on policy development in postsecondary education, recognize outstanding contributors to the field of postsecondary learning assistance and developmental education, encourage the development of new professionals and future leaders in the field, endorse standards of practice and professional ethics, and advocate for professional development and research in the field."

When Boylan's term as chair of the Council expired, Russ Hodges of Texas State University-San Marcos was elected chair and will serve a 2-year-term. The Council has named Johanna Dvorak of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee as chair of a newly formed commission to set criteria for certification endorsement. Once the criteria are established, each member organization may apply for certification endorsement by the Council. CLADEA's members include the Association for the Tutoring Profession (ATP), the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA), the National Association for Developmental Education (NADE), the National Center for Developmental Education (NCDE), and the National College Learning Center Association (NCLCA).

More information about CLADEA can be found at:

ACDEA Constitution
List of ACDEA/CLADEA Fellows
Nomination Procedures for CLADEA Fellows (Policies and Procedures Handbook, Appendix T)

What's New

NADE Digest, Fall – 2016

“The New (Old) NADE”

  • A Position Paper by the Executive Board on the State of the Association
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Chronicle of Higher Education

  • Remedial Educators Warn of
    Misconceptions Fueling a Reform Movement
    Download PDF

NADE Executive Board comment on the Higher Education Reauthorization Act
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Journal of Developmental Education Outstanding Articles:

  • Addressing Flawed Research in
    Developmental Education
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  • Effective Student Assessment and Placement: Challenges and Recommendations
    Download PDF

The College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) is pleased to announce that our second white paper, Assessment of Learning Assistance Programs is now available online for free download.

The Terrain of College Reading (CRLA Whitepaper)

A Common Framework for Remedial Reporting: Response to Remedial Reporting Task Force Recommendations. Download PDF.

A Cure for Remedial Reporting Chaos: Why the U.S. Needs a Standard Method for Measuring Preparedness for the First Year of College. Download PDF


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