Fast Forward: A Case Study of Two Community College Programs Designed to Accelerate Students Through Developmental Math

Developmental or remedial coursework in reading, writing, and/or mathematics is a significant barrier for a majority of students at community colleges. These lengthy sequences — often required for college-level work — can be daunting, and many students leave college before completing their developmental requirements, let alone attaining a credential. Developmental math is a substantial stumbling block to college completion.

Many Achieving the Dream Institutions are experimenting with ways to reform developmental education. Gaining momentum are acceleration strategies, which modify the structure and/or pedagogy of developmental math courses to help students move more quickly toward college-level coursework. This report presents a case study of acceleration programs at two Achieving the Dream Institutions: Broward College in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Tarrant County College in Fort Worth, Texas.

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