"Helping underprepared students prepare, prepared students advance, and advanced students excel.”

As a state chapter of the National Organization for Student Success,  IOSS, formerly known as the Iowa Developmental Education Association, ​ seeks to improve the theory and practice of developmental education and the professional capabilities of developmental educators in Iowa's post-secondary institutions.

Developmental education is a comprehensive process that focuses on the intellectual, social, and emotional growth and development of all post-secondary students. Instructional services include college orientation and skill-building courses in reading, writing, English language learning, mathematics, study strategies, and critical thinking. Support services include assessment of academic preparedness, academic accommodations for those with special needs, tutoring, personal and career counseling, collaborative learning groups, computer-assisted instruction, and supplemental instruction.


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