Second Lady and Under Secretary of Education to tour ACCelerator and meet with MATD 0421 students

The Austin Community College District (ACC) will host the Second Lady, Dr. Jill Biden, and the Under Secretary of Education, Dr. Ted Mitchell, on Monday, March 9, to tour the Highland Campus’ ACCelerator and meet with students and faculty of the college’s new developmental math course, MATD 0421.

ACCelerator at Highland Campus

ACCelerator at Highland Campus

The ACCelerator and MATD 0421 have gained national attention for their groundbreaking success in closing educational gaps.

“Students at most community colleges often arrive with a need to improve their math skills before they can move into college-level courses,” says Dr. Charles Cook, ACC provost. “We know that the longer this takes, the more likely it is that students lose interest, grow frustrated, and drop out. We redesigned learning to combat this problem, and it’s working.”

The course has seen dropout rates cut in half, with 90 percent of students returning in the spring semester to complete their developmental math requirements.

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