Inquiry: The Journal of the Virginia Community Colleges

Author Bio(s)

Dr. Elizabeth Wilmer is the dean of humanities at Virginia Western Community College. Her research interests include exploring ways to improve the satisfaction, achievement, and retention of developmental English students in the VCCS.


This essay considers statistical reports on underprepared students, the history of developmental education, the characteristics of underprepared students, and the reasons it is imperative that we provide these students with a college-level education.