Article in the “Equity Imperative” issue of Diversity and Democracy, Winter 2016 By Katie Hern and Jennifer Brezina 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 […]
Across California, community colleges are redesigning remediation and changing placement policies to accelerate students through transfer-level English and math courses. But what do these changes mean for classroom instruction? The CAP Community of Practice supports faculty to implement high-challenge, high-support pedagogy in accelerated English and Statistics pathways. We define acceleration to include any changes to […]
Through the Basic Skills Student Outcomes and Transformation program, California community colleges can apply for up to $1.5 million to transform their approach to remediation. One of the primary goals: to substantially increase completion of transfer-level English and math among incoming students. The events will be led by Katie Hern and Myra Snell, Co-Founders of […]
November 12, 2015 — A new EdSource article by CAP Co-Founder Katie Hern highlights recent research showing that students are more prepared for college than community colleges have recognized and that placing more students into college-level courses is a powerful strategy for increasing completion and narrowing achievement gaps.
October 20, 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 […]
A new publication from the California Acceleration Project – Acceleration Strategies that Produce Powerful Results — provides community colleges a clear action framework for increasing student completion and equity among incoming students. The research brief focuses on practices that have a strong evidence base for improving outcomes at a critical early momentum point: completion of […]
October 7, Seattle, WA — The California Acceleration Project was featured at the U.S. Education Learning Forum organized by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The event included keynote addresses by both Bill and Melinda Gates and a conversation moderated by PBS NewsHour correspondent Gwen Ifill. CAP Co-Founder Katie Hern spoke on the panel “Building […]
September, 20, 2015 — In a retreat at Folsom Lake College, the Board of Governors for the California Community Colleges received a report from the state Chancellor’s Office on the progress made under the state’s Basic Skills Initiative and plans for the new $60 Million allocated by the legislature for the Basic Skills Outcomes Transformation […]