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On February 28, Summer Serpas, English IVC professor and assistant director of the California Acceleration Project, participated on a panel at the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) in Sacramento. The panel consisted of Serpas, Laura Hope, executive vice chancellor for educational services at the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, and Jacqui Irwin, member of the California State Assembly. Olga Rodriguez, research fellow for the PPIC Higher Education Center, moderated the panel discussion.

The panel discussed reforms to developmental English pathways upon the release of PPIC’s new publication "Reforming English Pathways at California's Community Colleges." In their publication, PPIC evaluates the effectiveness of recent reforms in developmental English classes, including accelerated one-semester developmental courses

Serpas shared about IVC’s English co-requisite that piloted in Fall 2017, in which students placed into WR 201 can take a fast track option by taking WR 302, WR 1, and WR 181 in one semester. She shared that the co-requisite program is showing higher completion rates for students who would have been placed in developmental English courses. IVC’s success rates for the pilot are in line with other colleges such as Solano College, San Diego Mesa College, and Sacramento City College, who are seeing completion rates between 70 and 80 percent. 

Learn more about the PPIC publication: Reforming English Pathways at California's Community Colleges.