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University Students Benefit from Acceleration Courses, But Often Retake Math and Science Courses, Report No. 09-30, June 2009
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  • Acceleration programs provide students the opportunity to take academically rigorous courses and earn college credit while in high school. Our survey of university students found that their participation in these programs helped prepare them for college coursework and gave them a competitive advantage when applying to state universities. Students also reported that generally they were able to use their acceleration credits to meet university degree requirements, and students with these credits typically graduated with 12 fewer excess hours than other students.
  • However, nearly 24% of students surveyed reported not using some of their eligible acceleration credits because they retook a course at a state university. This practice is most common for math and science courses. Students reported that they retook these courses to improve their understanding of the subject matter, to increase their GPAs, or because their universities recommended that they take these courses as a part of a sequence of courses.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Acceleration Programs

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 09-21 More Than 17% of Acceleration Courses and Exams Do Not Result in College Credit, Which Costs State Almost $6 Million,published in March 2009.
  • Report No. 09-12 Modifying Advanced Placement Program Incentive Funding Could Produce Significant Cost Savings,published in February 2009.
  • Report No. 08-70 Student Participation in Acceleration Programs Has Increased; Legislature Has Taken Steps to Reduce Program Costs,published in December 2008.
  • Report No. 06-27 State‚Äôs High School Acceleration Programs Are Funded Through a Variety of Sources,published in March 2006.
  • Report No. 06-26 Most Students Receive College Credit for Accelerated Courses; Programs Reduce University Class Time,published in March 2006.
  • Report No. 06-25 Most Acceleration Students Perform Well, But Outcomes Vary by Program Type,published in March 2006.
  • Report No. 06-24 Acceleration Programs Provide Benefits But the Costs Are Relatively Expensive,published in March 2006.

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