Since the fall of 2012, the Accelerated Learning Program (ALP) from the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) has been partnering with Achieving the Dream (AtD) in a national inventory of ALP initiatives around the country.  This inventory is part of a two-year study, supported by a generous grant from the Kresge Foundation and conducted by the Center for Applied Research (CFAR).

As the study comes to an end, we are hoping to update and expand the ALP national inventory.  We thank those of you who provided information about your programs through the survey sent out by AtD last year and hope you will update your information through the current survey.  We hope those of you who did not complete the survey last year will take a moment to help us expand the inventory so we are including as many ALPs as possible.

Your survey responses will give us a better understanding of how ALPs serve students in different types of institutions and will help us identify the common elements of implementation.  If you completed the inventory survey last year, please still take a moment to add any new information by entering the name of your college and only completing the questions that need to be updated. If you have never completed the inventory survey, please complete all of the questions. We ask that all surveys be submitted by October 10.  If you have any questions about this survey or about the ALP Inventory Project, please do not hesitate to contact Dawn Coleman at  The direct link to the survey is:

Thank you in advance for your participation in this important endeavor.


Exciting News for the 2015 Conference on Acceleration in Developmental Education!

Save the Date!

The 2015 Conference on Acceleration in Developmental Education is heading west as the California Acceleration Project joins the Community College of Baltimore County and ALP  as co-hosts of the conference.  We are excited to expand the audience of the conference to the West Coast.

The dates for the conference are June 25-26, with pre-conference workshops to be held on June 24. Look for announcements about the conference location and exciting plenary speakers soon.  For those of you on the East Coast, we hope to see you in California, but be assured that the conference will return to the Baltimore area in 2016.

Dr. Andrea Lunsford writes about ALP

We were very excited when Dr. Andrea Lunsford agreed to be our Plenary Speaker at the 2014 National Conference on Acceleration in Developmental Education. Her presentation was inspiring and incredible!

We are equally pleased to see the glowing article she wrote regarding ALP and the Conference in general. Once again, we’d like to say “Thank you!” to Dr. Andrea Lunsford, Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski, and all of you that made the Conference so successful!

You can read Dr. Lunsford’s article HERE.

Dr. Andrea Lunsford is the former director of the Program in Writing and Rhetoric at Stanford University and teaches at the Bread Loaf School of English. A past chair of CCCC, she has won the major publication awards in both the CCCC and MLA. For Bedford/St. Martin’s, she is the author of The St. Martin’s Handbook, The Everyday Writer and EasyWriter; The Presence of Others andEverything’s an Argument with John Ruszkiewicz; and Everything’s an Argument with Readings with John Ruszkiewicz and Keith Walters.



Our email service has apparently eaten all of the proposals from February 18th to March 1st. We apologize for this inconvenience, but we would like everyone who has submitted in the past two and a half weeks to send their proposal again. We have now backed up the system. We will let you know immediately that your proposal has been received.

The computer really did eat our homework!


Findings from the First Year of a Two-Year Nationwide ALP Study Available

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. ” This study, conducted by the Center for Applied Research, examines the implementation of ALP at institutions other than CCBC, with the following goals:

– Assess the extent to which ALP can be replicated by other institutions and still achieve the level of success achieved at CCBC,
– Assess student success rates for schools that have made modifications to the CCBC model, and
– Determine which characteristics of ALP are critical for its success and which characteristics allow for more flexibility.

The entire report, as well as a summary of the findings, is available now for download.


Best Wishes and Thanks to Peter Adams


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 a nationally recognized acceleration program.

The good news is that Peter intends to continue his work as a developmental education consultant and to remain active in the reform of developmental education.

We will miss his leadership and enthusiasm for all things ALP and wish him the best as he embarks on a well-deserved retirement.

To contact Peter, visit his website:

2014 Plenary Speakers

We are especially excited this year to announce Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski, President of University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and Dr. Andrea Lunsford, Louise Hewlett Nixon Professor of English and Director of the Program in Writing and Rhetoric as our Plenary Speakers!

hrabowski-2Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski has served as President of UMBC (University of Maryland, Baltimore County) since 1992 and is a consultant on science and math education to national agencies, universities, and school systems. He was recently named by President Obama to chair the newly created President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans. He also chaired the National Academies’ committee that produced the recent report, Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation: America’s Science and Technology Talent at the Crossroads.

Named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by TIME (2012) and one of America’s Best Leaders by U.S. News & World Report (2008), he also received TIAA-CREF’s Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence (2011), the Carnegie Corporation’s Academic Leadership Award (2011), and the Heinz Award (2012) for contributions to improving the “Human Condition.” UMBC has been recognized as a model for academic innovation and inclusive excellence by such publications as U.S. News, which the past four years ranked UMBC the #1 “Up and Coming” university in the nation.

writing_lunsfordDr. Andrea Lunsford, Louise Hewlett Nixon Professor of English and Director of the Program in Writing and Rhetoric, joined the Stanford faculty in March, 2000. Prior to this appointment, Lunsford was Distinguished Professor of English at The Ohio State University (1986-00), where she served as Vice Chair of the Department of English, as Chair of the University Writing Board, and as Director of the Center for the Study and Teaching of Writing; and Associate Professor and Director of Writing at the University of British Columbia (1977-86). Currently also a member of the faculty of the Bread Loaf School of English, Professor Lunsford earned her B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Florida, and completed her Ph.D. in English at The Ohio State University (1977).

She has written or coauthored fourteen books, including The Everyday Writer; Essays on Classical Rhetoric and Modern Discourse; Singular Texts/Plural Authors: Perspectives on Collaborative Writing; and Reclaiming Rhetorica: Women in the History of Rhetoric, as well as numerous chapters and articles. Her most recent books are The St. Martin’s Handbook, 5th ed., and Everything’s An Argument, and she has contributed essays and chapters to numerous volumes related to composition and rhetoric.

Professor Lunsford has conducted workshops on writing and program reviews at dozens of North American universities, served as Chair of the Conference on College Composition and Communication, as Chair of the Modern Language Association Division on Writing, and as a member of the MLA Executive Council.

A banner year for ALP

This has been a banner year for ALP.  As the number of schools has increased, so has recognition. In our “In the News” section, there are nine articles published this year about ALP and its results. In fact, ALP was recently recognized in testimony to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions as a top innovation! The Community College Center for Student Engagement (CCSSE) has singled out ALP as has the Community College Times and others.capitolbldg

Thank you for joining us in this movement to improve Developmental Education and increasing the hopes of a better life for students across the United States.

CCSSE chooses ALP

Matter_of_Degrees_2-1In a three-year project, The Community College Center for Student Engagement is producing a series of three reports on high-impact practices, designed to evaluate these practices and promote the adoption of those that show results.

The first report, published in 2012, identified thirteen high-impact practices.  In this report, they evaluate the effects of the practices on student engagement, and in the third report, to be published next year, they will evaluate the impact of the thirteen practices on completion.

The Community College of Baltimore County is one of six schools singled out in the current report to a detailed profile of their high-impact practices, in our case, ALP.

Read more:
A Matter of Degrees: Engaging Practices Engaging Students

2014 National Conference on Acceleration in Developmental Education

It’s hard to believe, but we are already preparing for the 2014 National Conference on Acceleration in Developmental Education. It will be held on June 19-20, with pre-conference workshops on the 18th.

This is its 6th year, and each year has been better than the previous edition. We are especially excited this year to announce Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski, President of University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and Andrea Lunsford as our Plenary Speakers.

We will announce session and workshop options as soon as they become available. We look forward to another successful conference.

Proposals are now being accepted for the 6th National Conference on Acceleration in Developmental Education, due by 2/15/14.

Submit a Proposal