The Making of a Developmental Math Emporium That Works


In fall 2014, 23 math instructors traded in their chalk for computer keyboards to launch Austin Community College’s version of emporium-style math. Classes were held in the nation’s largest computer lab, the ACCelerator, a 32,000-square-foot open space formerly home to a J.C. Penney’s store. Two years later, the ACCelerator is still thriving with developmental math courses—among many other academic endeavors—and early results suggest that students are benefiting from the experience.

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