Acceleration helps remedial students

Acceleration works for Community College of Baltimore County’s upper-level remedial writing students, concludes a Community College Research Center study.

Accelerated Learning Program students who place into the highest level of remedial writing are allowed to enroll directly in English 101, a college-level course, if they also take a companion ALP course, which is limited to eight students and taught by the same instructor.

In the sample used in this study, 82% of ALP students passed ENGL 101 within one year, compared with 69% of non-ALP ENGL 052 students. More than a third (34%) of ALP students passed ENGL 102, compared with only 12% of the non-ALP ENGL 052 students.

Compared to traditional remediation, ALP was significantly more cost-effective in helping students pass English requirements for an associate degree.  Although selection bias may have affected the results, CCBC is expanding the program. Next year, a majority of students referred to the highest level developmental English will be enrolled in ALP and English 101.

Less than half of students complete the remedial sequence to which they’re referred, another CCRC study found. Failure to enroll is a more significant factor than failure to pass courses.

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