Accelerated Pathways

June 2017  

CSU recently moved to add an intermediate algebra competency to nine popular community college Associate Degrees for Transfer. These transfer degrees prepare students for non-math intensive majors, including Psychology, Administration of Justice, and several agricultural programs. Critics say the policy poses an arbitrary obstacle to students' degree completion, since students in these majors take Statistics, a course that mathematicians agree does not require proficiency in intermediate algebra. The move is generating widespread opposition from community college leaders and business and civil rights organizations, and a former UC Berkeley Law Dean has called for a lawsuit. 

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October 2016  

Capacity Unleashed tells the stories of 13 students who participated in alternative math remediation at City College of San Francisco, Berkeley City College, College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, and Cuyamaca College in San Diego. These colleges are among the 35 institutions in the state offering accelerated statistics pathways with the California Acceleration Project.

The stories put a human face on third-party evaluation results showing that across the first 8 colleges offering redesigned statistics pathways with the California Acceleration Project, students’ odds of completing a transferable math course were 4.5 times higher than in traditional remediation, and the achievement gap between African American and Asian students – the largest gap in traditional remediation – was eliminated.


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October 2015  

Community colleges offering redesigned statistics pathways no longer need to worry about jeopardizing their transfer articulation with the University of California and California State University systems. Under prior policies, both UC and CSU required a pre-requisite of intermediate algebra for statistics courses, but both systems have released policy updates that clear…

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