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California Acceleration Project (CAP) Evaluation

Timeline: 2012-2014


Overview

The California Acceleration Project (CAP) Evaluation involved a two-year study of the effects of curricular redesign on the progress of students who placed into the remedial English and math sequence at 16 California Community Colleges. The primary outcome of interest was successful completion of transfer-level English and math courses. 


Data for this evaluation came primarily from the the Management Information Systems (MIS) unit at the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office combined with assessment/placement data sourced directly from each participating college. A lead faculty member or researcher at each CAP college also completed an implementation survey that provided information on the specific ways in which acceleration was realized at each site. 

Outcomes

The evaluation found large and robust increases in completion of transfer-level gatekeeper courses in English and math for those learners participating in accelerated pathways, with gains across all demographic and socioeconomic groups and placement levels.

California Acceleration Project is part of the California Community Colleges Success Network (3CSN). The project promotes and supports a community of practice centered on accelerated pathways for English and math. Visit the CAP website to learn more.
 

RP Group Leads

Craig Hayward, Project Director; Terrence Willett, Project Director

Funders

California Community Colleges Success Network (3CSN), The Walter S. Johnson Foundation

Partners

California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office

Reports and Briefs

Curricular Redesign and Gatekeeper Completion: A Multi-College Evaluation of the California Acceleration (Report)

Research report describing student outcomes from 16 colleges offering redesigned English and math pathways in 2011, as part of the California Acceleration Project (CAP).
 

Curricular Redesign and Gatekeeper Completion: A Multi-College Evaluation of the California Acceleration (Summary)

Research brief summarizing high-level findings from an evaluation of 16 colleges offering redesigned English and math pathways in 2011, as part of the California Acceleration Project (CAP).
 

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