Keynote Speaker: Katie Hern
Katie Hern, Ed.D., is an English Instructor at Chabot College and Co-Founder of the California Acceleration Project (CAP), a professional development network that supports the state’s 113 community colleges to transform remediation and increase student completion and equity. An evaluation of CAP colleges by the RP Group found that students’ odds of completing college-level courses were 2.3 times higher in high-acceleration English pathways than in traditional remediation. In math, their odds of completing a transfer-level course were 4.5 times higher than in traditional remediation. Further, accelerated pathways benefitted all student groups and eliminated the achievement gap for African-Americans in completing college math. Hern’s publications focus on integrated reading and writing, the need to reform placement, and the movement to establish accelerated models of developmental education. Along with CAP Co-Founder Myra Snell, Hern was named one of the “16 Most Innovative People in Higher Education” by the Washington Monthly.