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Remediation Reform

An Essential Part of Campus Equity Efforts During faculty workshops, we often ask people to raise their hands if their institutions are taking certain steps to address equity. Their responses follow a predictable pattern. Are they examining data on student outcomes, disaggregated by race and ethnicity, and offering support for students in underrepresented groups? A …

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Acceleration Strategies that Produce Powerful Results

This four-page brief synthesizes the national research on practices community colleges are using to substantially increase student completion of college-level courses and narrow racial achievement gaps. It highlights three key strategies: 1) Changing placement policies to enable more students to bypass remediation and enroll directly in college-level courses, 2) Providing co-requisite models at the college …

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Moving the Needle on Student Completion

Low Success among Students Placed into Remediation With the publication of California’s Student Success Scorecards, community colleges are facing greater pressure than ever to increase student completion. In particular the scorecards spotlight the need to improve outcomes for students classified as “unprepared” for college, those who are required to take remedial coursework in ESL, English, …

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Reforming Developmental Education to Increase Student Completion

This 2014 article from New Directions in Community Colleges discusses the factors that have helped mobilize remediation reform across California’s 112 decentralized community colleges, including building a shared understanding of the problem, using data from existing accelerated models to help faculty see that students are more capable than previously believed, and collaborative faculty development efforts …

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Curricular Redesign and Gatekeeper Completion

A Multi-College Evaluation of the California Acceleration Project This third-party evaluation examines outcomes for 2,500 accelerated students at the first 16 California community colleges working with the California Acceleration Project. The study compared accelerated students’ completion of transfer-level English and math with students in traditional remedial sequences, using statistical methods to control for pre-existing differences …

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Toward a Vision of Accelerated Curriculum and Pedagogy:

High Challenge, High Support Classrooms for Underprepared Students Addressing an important gap in the dialogue about college completion, this brief goes beyond discussions of curricular structure to focus on how faculty teach. It articulates a core set of principles and practices for teaching in accelerated models of English and math, with illustrations from community college …

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