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Acceleration Strategies

This section covers curriculum and programming innovations such as contextualization, modularization, dual enrollment and prior learning assessment.


Publication - Environmental Scan of Prior Learning Assessment Policies and Practices
The NCTN partnered with the Council for Adult Experiential Learning (CAEL) and the National Council for Workforce Education (NCWE) to produce this report. The report provides recommendations on how Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) policies and practices might be strengthened, expanded, and promoted to create bridges to college completion for low-skilled adults in the Metro Boston area. More details...

Promising Practice - Backpacks to Briefcases
This promising practice details how a highly structured contextualized curriculum at the Davidson County Community College in North Carolina increases the young adult student’s motivation and self-efficacy. More details...

Webinar - Findings from the Adult Transitions Longitudinal Study
This 2-part webinar presented by Cristine Smith presents the findings from the ATLAS study, implemented by UMass Amherst and World Education. ATLAS followed over 200 ABE-to-College transition course participants for five years to uncover the factors that influenced them in enrolling, persisting, and succeeding in college. More details...

Promising Practice - GED Bridge to College Careers Program
This promising practice describes the Bridge to College Career Program at the LaGuardia Community College. The Bridge to College Careers Program is an intensive 14-week program that serves adults and integrates GED preparation with rigorous college-level material using a career-focused curriculum. More details...

Webinar - College and Career Focused Program Models
This webinar focuses on the need to develop and strengthen career pathways that integrate basic skills and career preparation to prepare adult learners to succeed in postsecondary education and workplace in the light of the WIOA legislation. This practitioner-led dialogue considers what this means for program design and classroom practice. More details...

Webinar - The Benefits and Challenges of Dual Enrollment Policies and Practices
This webinar presents how the mechanism of dual enrollment could expand college and workforce training opportunities for adult students. As a way to explore this strategy, guest experts share the successes and challenges in their efforts to promote dual enrollment for adult students. Play archived recording.


Contextualized College Transition Strategies for Adult Basic Skills Students: Learning from Washington State's I-BEST Program Model
Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST) integrates the teaching of basic skills and technical content to accelerate basic skills students’ entrance to and completion of a college-level credential. This final report of a multi-year evaluation of the I-BEST model by the Community College Research Center and the Washington State Board of Community and Technical Colleges considers the student experience and evaluates the costs of program delivery.

Farther, Faster: Six Promising Programs Show How Career Pathway Bridges Help Basic Skills Students Earn Credentials That Matter
This Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) brief highlights six promising programs that show how career pathway bridges help lower-skilled students move farther and faster along college and career paths through dual enrollment in linked basic skills and occupational certificate courses. Because creating such bridges requires collaboration across college silos, they can also transform the way colleges operate.

Measuring Alternative Educational Credentials
This 2012 report is the "first look" by the U.S Census Bureau to create foundational and ongoing information about alternative education.  Alternative credentials - licenses, educational and professional certificates, participation in non-credit courses, on-the-job training, or apprenticeships - may provide a path to higher learning and may widen the debate over college completion.

Toward a Vision of Accelerated Curriculum and Pedagogy
What does instruction look like in an accelerated class? How is it different from more traditional approaches to remediation? This report prepared for Learning Works by the California Acceleration Project articulates a set of core principles and practices for teaching accelerated English and math. In particular, it describes how teachers can support students with widely varying backgrounds and skill levels to be successful in an accelerated environment.

Integrating Curriculum: Lessons for Adult Education from Career and Technical Education
This paper by the National Institute for Literacy and MPR Associates, Inc. examines two Career and Technical Education integrated curriculum models. Efforts to implement integrated curricula in adult education programs are described. The report concludes that integrated curricula could help adults gain the skills and knowledge needed for transition to postsecondary education and employment.

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