New Grants Support Acceleration Scale Up Statewide

September 2016

The California Acceleration Project has received a total of $900,000 in new grant funding from the James Irvine Foundation, the California Education Policy Fund, and the College Futures Foundation to help community colleges transform remediation in English and math. 

The support has enabled CAP to reach a far greater share of the state's colleges than ever before: 75% of California community colleges are now implementing accelerated approaches with support from CAP's professional development programs, some of them doing large-scale transformations of their placement practices and curricula. 

The new grants have enabled CAP to expand its leadership team and programs, including: 

> Offering two cohorts of the CAP Community of Practice (North & South), to help faculty teach inside accelerated models

> Offering two cohorts of the CAP Leadership Training program (North & South), to support alumnae of the Community of Practice to lead acceleration efforts locally

> Launching a new Design & Development Institute to help colleges at earlier stages of implementation

> Offering a new series of one-day workshops supporting math faculty to teach Statistics  

> Organizing an annual statewide acceleration conference to enable colleges to learn from each other

The funding has also enabled CAP to create a new website and develop several new publications, including Capacity Unleashed: The Faces of Community College Math Pathways, which will be released in October. 

These grants come at a critical time for California. With the Basic Skills and Student Outcomes Transformation program, the state is incentivizing colleges to transform placement and remediation with $90 million in direct grants to colleges, but the program did not provide for any centralized professional development. The private grants to CAP are ensuring that colleges have the support they need to do this critical work. 

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