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Three Accelerated Developmental Education Programs: Features, Student Outcomes, and Implications

By: Shanna Smith Jaggars, Michelle Hodara, Sung-Woo Cho & Di Xu

Abstract

Three Accelerated Developmental Education Programs: Features, Student Outcomes, and Implications

To support the long-term success of underprepared students, many community colleges are experimenting with accelerated developmental education models, which allow students to complete remediation and enroll in college-level math and English within a shorter time frame. This study examines three developmental acceleration programs, including two in English and one in math. Overall, students on accelerated pathways were more likely than a set of matched peers to successfully complete the relevant college-level course within 3 years. However, to help maintain strong student performance within subsequent college-level courses, accelerated pathways may need to incorporate rigorous content, systematic faculty development, and targeted student supports.

This article will be published in a forthcoming edition of Community College Review and is currently available online.