CADE 2015: Thank you!

This year’s Conference on Acceleration in Developmental Education was a rousing success, thanks to the efforts of folks from California, to all the presenters, and to our fantastic plenary speakers, Mike Rose and John Hetts. We can’t thank people enough for being a part of this movement. We know that there’s still a lot of work to do, and we are energized to get back at it.

We look forward to seeing you next year at our next conference, in Baltimore. In the meantime, check out all the great presentations available on our site. Continue reading

2015 Conference on Acceleration in Developmental Education


June 25-26
Pre-conference workshops June 24th
Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa
3050 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, California 92626

Registration ending on June 8th!
This year, 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.

Plenary Speakers:
Mike Rose, Ph. D., Thursday, June 25
John Hetts, Ph. D., Friday, June 26

Please use the menu above to explore the 2015 Conference – further details are coming soon!

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Findings from Year Two of a Nationwide ALP Study Available

study-logosThe results from year two of a nationwide study, funded by the Kresge Foundation and overseen by Achieving the Dream, are now available in the report, “Replicating the Accelerated Learning Program: Updated 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 for year two, as well as a summary of the findings, is available now for download:

New CCBC Student Data: ALP Students Earning More Credits Than Students Who Take Traditional Developmental Writing Classes

A recently released CCBC student data study shows ALP students are earning more credits (persisting) when compared to students who took the traditional developmental writing classes.  The study looked at 3 cohorts of ALP and Non-ALP students who enrolled at CCBC in Fall 2010, Fall 2011, and Fall 2012. Continue reading


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.