Florida’s colleges are on the leading edge of developmental education reform. In 2013, the Florida Legislature passed Senate Bill 1720, requiring colleges to offer developmental education through at least one of four accelerated models: compressed, contextualized, co-requisite, and modular. The newly mandated models are designed to accelerate the time in which students who need remediation attempt gateway courses—a critical first step to entering a program of study, building academic momentum, and getting on a pathway to completion.
Jobs for the Future is partnering with the Division of Florida Colleges to assist with effective implementation of SB 1720, and to support the dissemination of information about the innovative approaches Florida’s colleges are taking. Supportive materials include:
In fall 2015, JFF released a literature review designed to provide information and examples related to the four mandated, accelerated models, as well as an example of an integrated model, to help colleges consider the best available evidence about each approach.
- The California Acceleration Project: Katie Hern, Director, California Acceleration Project, and English Instructor, Chabot Community College (Classroom video in the presentation)
- Faculty Voices from the Colorado Community College System: Casey Sacks, Colorado Community College System; Andrea DeCosmo, Front Range Community College; Brian Dickson, Community College of Denver
- The Accelerated Learning Program (ALP) at the Community College of Baltimore County: Peter Adams, Professor Emeritus, Community College of Baltimore County
- Spotlight on the Florida College System: Meta-Majors: North Florida Community College and St. Petersburg College
- CUNY Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP) and CUNY Start: Kara Heffernan, ASAP Director for New College Partnerships; Nicole Tavares, CUNY Start Professional Staff Developer for Reading and Writing
The overarching goal is to inform the decision points for Florida’s colleges when implementing developmental education reform at scale. As colleges and states around the nation are watching the implementation of SB 1720 with great interest, these materials will be useful to a wider audience as well.