Acceleration in developmental education is a strategy used by community colleges to reduce the amount of time students spend in remediation and allow them to enroll more quickly—or immediately—in courses leading to certificates or degrees.
This report, produced by the Completion by Design initiative at WestEd, describes the importance of acceleration, explains how it raises college completion rates, and highlights the key principles of successful acceleration models, including:
Note: This is the first report in the Game Changers series, designed for use by community colleges to generate discussion about innovative models for increasing completion rates substantially. Each brief contains five sections—an overview, examples in practice, implementation challenges, sample engagement questions, and references. The sections can be used separately or as a whole, depending on the audience and needs.
Other reports in the Game Changers series include: