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ALP is one of the few innovative models for developmental education that has produced dramatic improvements in success rates and has demonstrated that it can be scaled up. And ALP’s successes are not limited to the Community College of Baltimore County where it originated. As of April 2014, 178 schools throughout the nation have begun offering ALP and five states have launched state wide scale adoptions of ALP: Indiana, Michigan, Virginia, Colorado, and West Virginia.

Recent News

Findings from a Nationwide ALP Study Just Released


The results of a year-long study, funded by the Kresge Foundation and overseen by Achieving the Dream, are now available in the report, “Replicating the Accelerated Learning Program: Preliminary But Promising Findings. ” Continue reading

2014 National Conference on Acceleration in Developmental Education

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The 2014 Annual National Conference on Acceleration in Developmental Education,  June 19-20, with pre-conference workshops on the 18th is now accepting proposals in English, Math, Reading, and ESOL, due by 4/4/14. Poster sessions are also available! Registration is also now … Continue reading

Best Wishes and Thanks to Peter Adams

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On January 1st, Peter Adams, the founder and director of ALP at The Community College of Baltimore County, retired from the college.  His vision and dedication to improving developmental education are the reasons ALP has achieved such great success as … Continue reading

2014 Plenary Speakers

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We are especially excited this year to announce Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski, President of University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and Dr. Andrea Lunsford as our Plenary Speakers! Continue reading

A banner year for ALP

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This has been a banner year for ALP! As the number of schools has increased, so has recognition. ALP was recently recognized as a top innovation in terms of evidence of progress and scale in testimony to a US Senate Committee. Continue reading

Spotlight on ALP Schools

The OACC Student Success Center brings ALP to Ohio’s Community Colleges

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The Ohio Association of Community Colleges (OACC), the state office for Ohio’s 23 community colleges, received a Kresge Grant to begin a Student Success Center. Success Centers, now in four states, were developed to provide statewide cross collaboration and support. … Continue reading

Jackson College

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JC is a comprehensive institution accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. With an average annual enrollment of about 7,000 students, JC plans to offer two bachelor degree programs in the future, and currently offers 39 associate degree programs, 33 certificate programs, and 44 skill sets and concentrations. Jackson College is an Achieving the Dream college and a founding member of the Continuous Quality Improvement Network (CQIN). Continue reading

Patrick Henry Community College

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Located in Martinsville, Virginia, PHCC is an Achieving the Dream Leader College. Pass rates for ALP courses are on average ten points higher than traditional developmental English courses. Accelerated Learning at Patrick Henry started in the fall of 2009, with one section. It has now expanded to the Math department and Technical Writing courses. PHCC is a national leader in active, cooperative learning, with its own institute, the SCALE Institute, and is a national leader in active learning for community colleges. Continue reading