ALP – Accelerated learning program homepage

Welcome to the website for the Accelerated Learning Program (ALP) at the Community College of Baltimore County. ALP is a co-requisite model for developmental writing that began as a faculty initiative in 2007. Since that time, ALP has consistently produced dramatic improvements in student success rates and has demonstrated that it can be scaled up. The success of ALP is not limited to CCBC. More than 200 schools around the country have adopted/adapted ALP, and six states have launched wide-scale ALP adoptions: Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Indiana, Michigan, and Virginia. Our website offers information for those of you interested in knowing more about the program, wanting some help with starting up and scaling up an ALP initiative at your school, or looking for classroom materials for ALP classes. Explore the site and contact us if you have questions or would like to know more about our consultation services. Thanks for your interest in ALP.

Recent News

ALP at CCBC Goes Full Scale!

A Big Announcement as a headline on a newspaper with picture of words breaking through glass reading This is Big

Our new integrated reading and writing co-requisite model finally brings ALP to full scale at CCBC.

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CADE 2017


Make plans to join us next June for CADE 2017 in scenic Denver, Colorado! Coming soon will be information on the conference dates, hotel, call for proposals, and registration. The excitement of the Mile High City and the beauty of the Rocky Mountains will provide the perfect setting for our 9th annual conference.

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Important Change in the ALP Model

Our ALP co-requisite course sequence has undergone an important change; the developmental co-requisite class is now a fully integrated reading and writing course, Academic Literacy (ACLT) 053. The ALP co-requisite structure remains the same. Students with upper-level developmental placements in reading and writing register for a 10-student section of ACLT 053 and are also mainstreamed, as a cohort, into a 20-student section of college-level composition (ENGL 101), joining 10 college-ready students. Both classes are taught by the same instructor. Beginning in Fall 2016, this new integrated reading and writing model will become the default placement for all students with eligible reading and writing scores; no stand-alone sections of developmental reading or developmental writing will be offered from now on. Continue reading

CADE 2016

Peter Adams, Founder of ALP

Thanks to everyone who attended the 2016 Conference on Acceleration in Developmental Education (CADE), held June 15-17 at the Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel in downtown Baltimore. Thanks, also, to our illustrious and inspiring plenary speakers: Peter Adams, Professor Emeritus and Founder of ALP,

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CADE 2016 Panel Session: Equity and Acceleration

The theme of this year’s panel session was Equity and Acceleration; the panel included Nikki Edgecombe, Senior Research Associate, CCRC; Katie Hern, Co-Founder of the California Acceleration Project; and Mark Williams, Director of Career Services at CCBC. (mp3) Continue reading

CADE 2016 Presentations & Poster Sessions

Have you presented at CADE 2016? Please upload your presentation or poster session here.

CADE 2016 Presentations

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Edmond, OK

School size: 10,0000 – 20,000
ALP started August 18, 2014
Currently offering 12 sections

Bethlehem, PA

School size: 10,0000 – 20,000
ALP started August 22, 2011
Currently offering 6 sections

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