Lackawanna College earns Outstanding Developmental Program Award from PADE
SCRANTON, Pa. – Lackawanna College was named the 2015 recipient of the Outstanding Developmental Program Award by the Pennsylvania Association of Developmental Educators (PADE) on March 5 during the organization’s annual conference.
“In summary, the Developmental Education Program at Lackawanna College is an outstanding example of how higher education institutions can provide the best possible growth opportunities for their students,” PADE wrote in a letter formally recognizing the award.
The College was recognized due to its placement policy, strong curriculum, mentoring, tutoring, and structured feedback for students who require academic development work. It also includes a program of support for the disabled, a student awards program, and frequent faculty professional development opportunities.
Lackawanna College Director of Disability Services Christine Kiehart said that the College offers three academic development courses for students who may not be fully prepared for rigorous college-level work: Basic Math, Basic Writing, and Reading for College.
Former Lackawanna College Associate Professor Deborah Hartzell was previously recognized by PADE in 2013 when she received the award for Outstanding Service to Developmental Students.
“Debbie Hartzell was really the organizer of this program,” Kiehart said, adding that the current success of the College’s work in academic development was founded years ago through the hard work of dedicated staff and faculty members.
“It is not just my work or the work of our employees now,” Kiehart added. “This is the work of adjuncts and the support of our administration for developmental education. That is something you don’t get at a lot of institutions.”
Preparing students of all abilities and supporting those with non-cognitive factors, including social and financial concerns, fits the College’s overall mission to provide a quality education to all persons who seek to improve themselves and their communities.
“Our students come out well-adjusted, prepared for college work, and ready to continue on as productive citizens,” Kiehart said. “We provide the opportunity to them.”
Kiehart said the award gives further motivation to continue to innovate and improve Lackawanna’s existing programs in order to meet the ever-changing needs of its students.
Founded in 1979, PADE is a statewide professional, non-profit, educational organization that addresses the needs of developmental educators from postsecondary institutions in the commonwealth. The theme of their 2015 conference was “The BIG Picture: Developmental Education and the Changing Landscape.”