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

California Acceleration Project Posts on 2012 Conference.

The California Acceleration Project has posted an article on its panel session, “Accelerated Reading and Writing across California” presented at the 2012 4th Annual Conference on Acceleration in Developmental Education.

Put up by Katie Hern, included are videos, power points, and the promise of more to come at the conference this coming June.

ALP makes a splash at CCCC

CCCC Conference

Linda De La Ysla and Stephanie Briggs of The Community College of Baltimore County, along with Christine Heilman of Georgia Gwinnet College presented “The Accelerated Learning Program: Deepening the Teaching of Writing to Basic Writers”.

That was followed by Jamey Gallagher and Peter Adams of CCBC co-presenting with Michelle Zollars: “Toward Consensus: Basic Writing Pedagogy in Community Colleges, from Faculty Development to Active Learning”.

Finally, Monica Walker, Cheryl Scott, and Robert Miller of CCBC presented “Trends in Accelerated Learning”.

All 3 presentations were well attended and had great audience response.

Special Recognition – Leah Meyer Austin Award

At the Leah Meyer Austin award ceremony at the Achieving the Dream ConferenceNew Image this year, the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) received special recognition for its program that accelerates students through developmental courses and into and through gateway courses.
CCBC used data to engage faculty and guide the creation of a 25-hour professional development program for both full- and part-time faculty.ALP has now been adopted by more than 100 colleges across the country and implemented statewide in several states.

The award of $10,000, provided by the Kresge Foundation, will be used toward student success programs and initiatives.

To see more, please go to the Achieving the Dream Brochure.

100 is the magic number!

We are pleased as punch to have just gone over the 100 schools mark for ALP; in fact, we’re now up to 101! 38 of these schools are listed under ALP schools on the top menu. If yours isn’t, get on the map!
To all those who have listened to our presentations, been to our conferences, and piloted or implemented ALP, we want to say thank you for your help in making this a success.
It’s been a glorious year!