Capacity Unleashed: The Faces of Community College Math Pathways

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California Acceleration Project Chronically low completion rates among students in remedial math have led colleges and universities across the country to replace the one-size-fits-few model of algebra remediation with redesigned pathways that are tailored to a students' program of study. This new publication (October 2016) illustrates the potential impact of this work on students’ lives. "Capacity Unleashed" tells the stories of 13 students who participated in alternative math remediation at City College of San Francisco, Berkeley City College, College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, and Cuyamaca College in the San Diego area. Like most students placed into remedial math, the individuals featured in this report likely would have left college without a degree if they hadn’t had access to alternative remediation. The colleges featured in "Capacity Unleashed" are among the 35 institutions in the state offering accelerated statistics pathways with a faculty-led initiative called the California Acceleration Project (CAP). Across the first 8 colleges offering redesigned statistics pathways with CAP, students’ odds of completing a transferable math course were 4.5 times higher than in traditional remediation, and the achievement gap between African American and Asian students – the largest gap in traditional remediation – was eliminated.

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