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“Lift Ev’ry Voice” for Math

The needs of Black, Brown, Asian American and Indigenous students are often overlooked in college classrooms, creating challenges and barriers to course completion. This blog post from Vanson Nguyen of College of Alameda and Jamylle Carter of Diablo Valley College asserts that faculty are uniquely positioned to improve students’ experiences and outcomes in the classroom. It also highlights the importance of hearing directly from students to understand what they need to be successful.

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Lessons from Corequisite Math Reform

Over the past several years, Lauren Schudde’s research team has been examining how community colleges in Texas responded to a statewide mandate for corequisite coursework. They discuss several common strategies to smooth the transition to corequisite reforms used by high implementation colleges (those exceeding state targets and moving rapidly to scale).

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Supporting Faculty Development Through Policy and Practice

Our blog post from Karon Klipple of Carnegie Math Pathways and Alison Kadlec of Sova Solutions asserts that leaders at every level have a shared responsibility to ensure faculty receive the support they need to implement new models and provide students with the high quality education they deserve.

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Faculty Are Key to Student Success

ACUE and Complete College America teamed up for a blog post on how college faculty can be empowered to take ownership of student success goals and developmental education reforms.

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Developmental Education Reform for English Learners

K-12 enrollment trends suggest that the number of English learners enrolling at community colleges is increasing, but there’s been less progress on the front of ESL reform. Jessica Brathwaite shares how changes to ESL assessment and placement systems, as well as course structures, have the potential to help more students meet their postsecondary goals.

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Student Self-Placement as an Equity Strategy

Colleges increasingly recognize that a single assessment is poorly predictive of student success, inhibits student progression while increasing costs and disproportionately negatively impacts Black, Brown, low-income and first-generation students. Phase Two Advisory outlines methods and strategies that colleges are using to design self-placement approaches with equity at the center.

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Advancing Methods to Measure Student Outcomes

Within-group comparisons support the achievement of student groups who are marginalized by identifying ways to measure advancements and identify institutional barriers. Learn how combining between- and within-group comparisons can support addressing inequities in this blog by SStF Director Maxine Roberts.

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All California Community Colleges Can Meet the Requirements of AB 705. Here’s How.

A central goal of California’s AB 705, passed in 2017, was to ensure that all students complete transfer-level English and math classes within a year, without first taking remedial courses. It can be challenging for colleges to wade through uncharted waters and make the systemic changes needed to meet the law’s requirements. But proven solutions and resources are available to help institutions rise to the challenge.

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Reforming Developmental Education Reforms

Understanding and affirming the experiences and aspirations of racially minoritized students is a powerful way to support their academic confidence and success, especially during the first year of college. Read the latest blog post from our director, Dr. Maxine Roberts, for the Center for the Analysis of Postsecondary Readiness, to learn effective validation practices that can be used in the classroom and how to scale them in the system.

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