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ERIC Number: EJ1033963
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 31
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0022-1546
An Examination of the Impact of Accelerating Community College Students' Progression through Developmental Education
Hodara, Michelle; Jaggars, Shanna Smith
Journal of Higher Education, v85 n2 p246-276 Mar-Apr 2014
In an effort to improve developmental education students' outcomes, community colleges have been experimenting with acceleration strategies. Models of acceleration allow students to complete their developmental requirements in a shorter amount of time. However, there has been limited empirical research on the effects of accelerating students' progression through their developmental requirements. We examined the impact of a basic form of acceleration--enrollment in shorter versus longer developmental education sequences--on access to introductory college coursework, performance in that coursework, overall college credit accumulation, and degree attainment at the City University of New York community colleges. In general, we found that accelerating students through developmental education in shorter sequences results in greater access to college-level coursework and long-term success but may have consequences for student performance in college-level coursework.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York
What Works Clearinghouse Reviewed: Meets Evidence Standards with Reservations
IES Cited: ED556127