ERIC Number: ED494500
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jun
Accelerated Learning Options: Moving the Needle on Access and Success. A Study of State and Institutional Policies and Practices
Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education
This document was designed to inform members of the policy, education, and research communities about existing state and institutional policies and practices associated with four accelerated learning programs: Advanced Placement (AP), dual/concurrent enrollment, the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program, and Tech-Prep. This effort was part of a larger interest in examining issues of effectiveness, quality, financing, and availability in order to determine if accelerated learning was a viable option to increase access to and success in postsecondary education among low-income and underrepresented students. The recommendations that emerged from this study are intended to draw attention to compelling and unresolved issues related to the offering of accelerated learning options and to encourage policymakers, researchers, practitioners, and external funding groups to work together on efforts to ensure that all students enjoy the advantages offered by accelerated learning programs and courses. The following are appended: (1) A Review of the Literature;(2) A State-Level Policy Audit; (3) Postsecondary Institutional Policies and Practices; (4) Methodology and Findings from Transcript Analysis; and (5) Methodology for Focus Group Study. (Contains 44 figures and 60 tables.)
Descriptors: Advanced Placement Programs, Psychoeducational Methods, Advanced Placement, Acceleration (Education), Guidance Programs, Student Improvement, Student Characteristics, Dual Enrollment, Program Effectiveness, Policy Analysis, Educational Finance, State Legislation, Student Attitudes, Cost Effectiveness, Access to Education, Educational Assessment, Educational Indicators, Academic Achievement
Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education. P.O. Box 9752, Boulder, CO 80301-9752. Tel: 303-541-0200; Fax: 303-541-0291; Web site: http://wiche.edu
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
Audience: Practitioners; Researchers; Policymakers
Sponsor: Lumina Foundation for Education, Indianapolis, IN.
Authoring Institution: Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, Boulder, CO.