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Newsletter of the Center for Research on Developmental Education and Urban Literacy
Spring 2008, Volume 5, Issue 1

CRDEUL in Focus
Bob Copeland
Center Points eNewsletter editor

CRDEUL’s History: A Timeline of Events

I must admit that I can’t list every event of significance to the center over the years, as I’ve been here only four of its nearly twelve years in existence. I have had to rely on what documentation was available in the files for some of this timeline.

The following timeline chronicles significant milestones in the history of CRDEUL:

1996: CRDEUL is founded by the General College of the University of Minnesota. Dana Britt Lundell is hired as the first employee of the center at the time of its founding, and is soon after named CRDEUL’s permanent Director.

October 1999: CRDEUL organizes a national conference, the “First Intentional Meeting on Future Directions in Developmental Education,” and publishes its proceedings.

2000: CRDEUL publishes the research report, African American Men From Hennepin County at the University of Minnesota, 1994-98: Who Applies, Who is Accepted, Who Attends?

2001
: Theoretical Perspectives for Developmental Education is published as the first issue in CRDEUL’s monograph series.

April 2001: CRDEUL organizes its next national conference, the “Second Meeting on Future Directions in Developmental Education,” and publishes its proceedings.

2002: Histories of Developmental Education is published as the second issue in CRDEUL’s monograph series.

September 2002: CRDEUL hosts the forum “Uncertain Welcome: Student Perspectives on Disability and Postsecondary Education,” presented by Judy Fox and Bobbi Cordano.

2002: CRDEUL partners in the production of two training videos as part of the Curriculum Transformation and Disability (CTAD) grant: Assistive Technology: Applications in Postsecondary Education, and Uncertain Welcome: Student Perspectives on Disability and Postsecondary Education.

October 2002: CRDEUL hosts the forum “The New Certificate Program in Postsecondary Education,” featuring presenters Thomas Brothen, Terry Collins, Jeanne Higbee, Laura Coffin Koch, Thomas Reynolds, and Catherine Wambach.

2002
: Exploring Urban Literacy & Developmental Education is published as the third issue in CRDEUL’s monograph series.

November 2002: CRDEUL hosts a forum on “Multicultural Awareness Project for Institutional Transformation (MAP-IT)” with Karen Miksch, Jeanne Higbee, Patrick Bruch, Dana Lundell, and Rashné Jehangir.

February 2003: CRDEUL hosts the forum “The Politics and Future of Developmental Education,” with panelists David Arendale, Jeanne Higbee, and members of the CRDEUL Advisory Board.

2003: CRDUEL publishes the educational assessment tool, Multicultural Awareness Project for Institutional Transformation (MAP IT).

March 2003: CRDEUL hosts a forum on “Academic Support Programs for Native Americans in Selected Institutions in New Mexico,” presented by Gretchen Starks-Martin of St. Cloud State University.

April 2003: CRDEUL hosts a forum on “Reading Between the Lines: The Politics of Reading in College and the Community,” featuring Brock Dubbels, Ezra Hyland, Susan Nemitz, and Rosemarie Park.

2003: Multiculturalism in Developmental Education is published as the fourth issue in CRDEUL’s monograph series.

September 2003: CRDEUL hosts the forum “Are U In or Are U Out? Implications of Affirmative Action for Higher Education,” presented by Karen Miksch, Carol Chomsky, and Mark Rotenberg.

October 2003: CRDEUL hosts the forum “Strengthening the Bridge to College: Commanding English Outreach to High School Students,” featuring Faiza Aziz, Margaret Delehanty-Kelly, Barbara Hodne, Robin Murie, and a student panel.

2003: CRDEUL publishes the book, Curriculum Transformation and Disability: Implementing Universal Design in Higher Education.

December 2003: CRDEUL hosts a forum on “Developing Community: Teaching and Advising in General College Learning Communities,” with panelists Patrick Bruch, Pat James, Rashné Jehangir, Amy Lee, Dana Lundell, and Bruce Schelske.

February 2004: CRDEUL hosts a forum on “The Minnesota Point of View in Counseling Psychology and the Founding of General College,” presented by Thomas Brothen and Cathrine Wambach.

2004: CRDEUL publishes the resource guide, Bibliography of Resources for Multicultural Higher Education.

Spring 2004: CRDEUL publishes the first issue of its biennial electronic newsletter, later titled CenterPoints.

April 2004: CRDEUL hosts a forum on “College Readiness and the Assessment Conundrum,” presented by Susan Hipp of Century College.

2004: Best Practices for Access and Retention in Higher Education is published as the fifth issue in CRDEUL’s monograph series.

September 2004: CRDEUL hosts the forum “The Grand Re-Opening of The Center For Research on Developmental Education and Urban Literacy,” with Dana Lundell, Jeanne Higbee, David Arendale, Kwabena Siaka, and Robert Copeland.

November 2004: CRDEUL hosts a forum on “Four Perspectives on Improving Access and Retention in Higher Education: A Celebration of the New CRDEUL Monograph,” featuring chapter authors Christine Swanson, Leon Hsu, Carl Chung, Cathrine Wambach, Irene Duranczyk, Jeanne Higbee, and Susan Staats.

November 2004: CRDEUL starts its series of Coffeehouse Discussions, that ran regularly through 2006. Sample topics include; “Student Engagement: Pathways to Collegiate Success,” the “University’s Strategic Positioning Report,” “Increased Stratification of Opportunity in Higher Education,” and “Voluntary Participation and Student Motivation: Increasing Both for Higher Student Outcomes.”

December 2004: CRDEUL hosts a forum on “Multicultural Education: What General College Students Think—A Report on Student Responses to the MAP IT Questionnaire,” featuring Jeanne Higbee, Patrick Bruch, and Kwabena Siaka.

2005: CRDEUL hosts the statewide educators conference, “Building Bridges for Access and Success from High School to College,” and publishes its proceedings.

February 2005: CRDEUL hosts a forum on “Video Games as Tools for Educators,” presented by Brock Dubbels.

March 2005: CRDEUL hosts a forum on “Student Voices in Curricular Transformation,” with Irene Duranczyk and Don Opitz.

April 2005: CRDEUL hosts a forum on “Future Directions in General College: Teaching, Research, and Practice” with panelists Jeanne Higbee, Dana Lundell, David Arendale, Pat James, Thomas Brothen, Dean David Taylor, and General College Vision book co-authors.

2005: CRDEUL publishes the book, The General College Vision: Integrating Intellectual Growth, Multicultural Perspectives, and Student Development.

September 2005: CRDEUL hosts a forum on “Celebrating the General College Vision: A New Book and A New Future,” featuring Jeanne Higbee, Dana Lundell, David Arendale, Thomas Brothen, Catherine Wambach, Patricia James, Susan Staats, Mary Ellen Shaw, Irene Duranczyk, Donald Opitz, and student co-author Leah Woodstrom.

October 2005: CRDEUL hosts the forum, “Student Identity and How it Affects Motivation and Engagement,” presented by Brock Dubbels.

November 2005: CRDEUL hosts a forum on “A Shift From Culturally Relevant to Culturally Responsive Teaching,” presented by Gretchen Starks Martin of St. Cloud State University.

2006: Student Standpoints About Access Programs in Higher Education is published as the sixth issue in CRDEUL’s monograph series.

March 2006: CRDEUL hosts a forum on “Implementing Universal Design: Resources for Faculty and Staff,” with panelists Jeanne Higbee, Heidi Barajas, Emily Goff, Dana Lundell, and Roberta Cordano.

April 2006: CRDEUL hosts a forum on “Developing Your Ideas for Publication in APA Style: Resources for Professionals and Graduate Students,” with Dana Lundell and Jeanne Higbee.

Summer 2006: General College is closed by the University of Minnesota. Many GC faculty and programs are merged into the (new) College of Education and Human Development as the Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning. CRDEUL enters CEHD as a collegewide center.

October 2006: CRDEUL hosts a forum on “Using MAP IT: Multicultural Awareness Project for Institutional Transformation and Its Implementation,” with Karen Miksch, Jeanne Higbee, David Ghere, and Dana Lundell.

November 2006: CRDEUL hosts a forum on “Podcasting in Higher Education: Exploring its Uses in Professional Development and the Classroom,” presented by David Arendale.

December 2006: CRDEUL hosts a forum on “El Salvador: Photography’s Power to Heal” presented by Laurie McGinley.

February 2007: CRDUEL director Dana Lundell is informed by CEHD Dean Darlyne Bailey, that there is “no future” for the Center in CEHD.

February 2007: CRDEUL hosts a forum on PASS IT: Integrating Universal Instructional Design into the Postsecondary Curriculum, with Jeanne Higbee and Emily Goff.

March 2007: CRDEUL hosts a forum on “Building Partnerships Through Urban Literacy Initiatives: What Are We Doing, and Where Are We Going?” featuring Ezra Hyland, Rosemary Miller, Robin Murie, and Heidi Barajas.

April 2007: Dana Lundell submits her resignation to CEHD Dean Darlyne Bailey, along with an operating budget to fulfill CRDEUL’s obligations through June 2008.

June 2007: Jeanne Higbee assumes the role of Interim Director of CRDEUL during its “sunset” year.

June 8, 2007: Open House in CRDEUL offices for Dana Lundell’s last day as director and as a University employee.

2007: Diversity and the Postsecondary Experience is published as the seventh and final issue in CRDEUL’s monograph series.

November 2007: CRDEUL hosts the forum “Learning by Design: Games, Play and Structuring Classroom Learning for Reflection and High Engagement,” presented by Brock Dubbels.

March 2008: Pedagogy and Student Services for Institutional Transformation: Implementing Universal Design in Higher Education, CRDEUL’s final book, is published as a collaboration between CRDEUL and the PASS IT grant.

June 2008:CenterPoints electronic Newsletter, Volume 5, Issue 1, comes out as the final publication of the center.

June 30, 2008: CRDEUL closes its doors.

The number of conferences to which CRDUEL’s director and advisors have been invited to share their knowledge over the years is impossible to list in its entirety, as are the schools, libraries, research centers and educators with which the center has worked along the way. CRDEUL’s outreach is summed up in its mission statement:

“The Center for Research on Developmental Education and Urban Literacy (CRDEUL) at the University of Minnesota promotes and develops multidisciplinary and multicultural theory, research, and practice in postsecondary developmental education and urban literacy.”

Robert Copeland

Bob Copeland