The California Acceleration Project (CAP) is an initiative that works to increase the proportion of community college students who complete transfer requirements in math and English and to decrease equity gaps for this early momentum point to degree completion. CAP has supported dozens of California community colleges to develop and offer English and Statistics pathways that reduce students’ time in remediation by at least a semester. These pathways align remediation with college-level requirements; use high-challenge, high-support pedagogy; and make no changes to the rigorous, transfer-level course. Hundreds of faculty have received in-depth training to offer these pathways, including in-person workshops, coaching, and online resources.

Accelerated developmental education aims to increase the numbers of community college students who complete college-level gatekeeper courses in English and Math. At minimum, acceleration involves reducing the length of English and Math sequences and eliminating the exit points where students are lost by not passing, or not enrolling in, courses in the pipeline.


Type: Initiative | Project
Initiative: Student Success Initiative
Grant Year: unknown

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In prep for #ab705, Palomar streamlined the academic ESL pathway to just 3 courses, abandoned standardized placement testing, created a new ESL version of transfer-level composition, and secured transfer credit for key ESL courses @palomarcomets Read more

Equity gaps shrink for low-income and first-generation college students @CitrusCollege, a Hispanic-serving institution that has largely replaced standalone remedial math with corequisite models #ab705 Read more in the latest CAPacity Gazette

While gaps remain, Black & Latinx students saw the greatest gains at colleges with strong implementation of #AB705 placement/remediation reform. Black students’ math completion was 5x higher, Latinx students 4x four higher, white students 2.7x higher.

Across 12 colleges, 4,679 more students successfully completed transferable English composition in fall 2019 than fall 2015. And across 10 colleges, 5,298 more students successfully completed transfer-level math. Strong implementers of #ab705 Read more

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