Developmental Education defines a broad category of courses offered in Oregon community colleges that are often considered pre-college and preparatory for entry-level college credit bearing courses. These include courses covered by the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act: Adult Basic Education, General Education Development, English as a Second Language and Adult High School completion classes.

Additionally, Developmental Education includes courses at community college courses in reading, writing and mathematics that are typically below the level of 100. Although they are important in terms of preparation, courses that are developmental in nature are designed to prepare students for college-level work.

Courses that fall into the Developmental Education category may be considered collegiate if they meet the proficiency requirements of Career Technical Education degree or certificate programs; however, these courses typically are not transferable to a lower division collegiate or baccalaureate program and do not satisfy General Education credit requirements.

It is recommended that students and advisors note that grades earned in developmental courses will likely count in the cumulative grade point average (GPA) at the community college. Students seeking to transfer to a baccalaureate institution are advised to work with that institution and determine what policy/practice is in place in calculating the cumulative GPA upon transfer (since developmental courses will not transfer). Credits earned in many developmental education courses will be counted in the calculation of federal financial aid eligibility. Financial aid funds can be used for many developmental education courses. 

More information on the Adult Basic Skills program is available on the Community Colleges and Workforce Development (CCWD) website at