Programs for "Under-Prepared" College Students: A Tale of Unintended Consequences

Seminar | March 14 | 12-1 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, Academic Innovation Studio Dwinelle 117

 Katie Hern, English Instructor, Chabot College and Co-Founder of the California Acceleration Project (CAP); Myra Snell, Professor, Mathematics, Los Medanos College and Co-Founder of the California Acceleration Project (CAP)

 Center for Studies in Higher Education

Traditionally, about 80% of California community college students have been classified “unprepared” upon entry and required to enroll in remedial courses in English, reading, math, and/or English as a second language. These courses are intended to help students be more successful, but the more remedial courses students are required to take, the less likely they are to ever reach their college goals. And because Black and Hispanic students are disproportionately placed into remediation, these policies are a primary driver of racial achievement gaps and a lack of diversity in students transferring to the University of California and California State University systems. As Co-Founders of the California Acceleration Project (CAP), Professors Katie Hern and Myra Snell help the state's 113 community colleges to address these problems. To date, more than 75% of California community colleges are implementing new policies and curricula with CAP support. Hern and Snell were named to the Washington Monthly's 2016 list of the "Sixteen Most Innovative People in Higher Education" for this work.

 Hosted lunch to follow, 510-643-9212