CCBC has been awarded the 2014-15 Certificate of Excellence for its Developmental Writing Program

Feb 18, 2015 | by Hope Davis | 443.840.5053 (office) | 443.840.5560 (cell)

by the national Conference on College Composition and Communication

Baltimore County, MD – The Community College of Baltimore County’s Developmental Writing Program has garnered the 2014-15 CCCC Writing Program Certificate of Excellence. This award was made by the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC), a constituent organization within the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). The award will be formally announced at CCCC’s annual conference March 20 in Tampa, Florida. CCBC’s program is one of four recipients to earn the award this year. Other recipients of this year’s honor are: Illinois State University, Writing Program; Northeastern University, Writing Program and University of Alberta, Writing Studies 101: Exploring Writing.

“This award represents continued national recognition for ALP (Accelerated Learning Program), a developmental writing initiative created by Peter Adams and other faculty in the School of Liberal Arts in conjunction with the Office of Instruction’s Developmental Education Program,” according to CCBC President Sandra L. Kurtinitis. “Professors Susan L. Gabriel and Jamey T. Gallagher, the current ALP coordinators, continue to refine this program for our students and our national partners.” For additional information about the program, visit

Established in 2004, this CCCC award honors up to 20 writing programs a year. To be eligible for this award, programs must be able to: demonstrate that the program imaginatively addresses the needs and opportunities of its students, instructors, institution, and locale; offer exemplary ongoing professional development for faculty of all ranks, including adjunct/contingent faculty; treat contingent faculty respectfully, humanely, and professionally; use the best current practices in the field; show that the program administrator (chair, director, coordinator, etc.) has academic credentials in writing; use effective, ongoing assessment; use effective placement procedures; create appropriate class sizes; and model diversity and/or serve diverse communities.

The Community College of Baltimore County Developmental Writing Program was chosen as an exemplar, offering a model for refiguring writing programs that work primarily with developmental readers and writers. The Selection Committee noted that the program offers an impressive and comprehensive approach that both challenges and supports students through its array of courses, programs and support services, integrating developmental students into the intellectual work of the curriculum. This program offers a strong, systematic assessment-driven approach to helping student writers, and an impressive professional development model for contingent and full-time faculty members.

For more information about the CCCC Writing Program Certificate of Excellence, including past winners, see


About the Community College of Baltimore County (
CCBC offers hundreds of programs and thousands of courses helping people of all ages, backgrounds and interests earn degrees, transfer, launch or advance careers, and prepare for in-demand jobs.

Providing accessible, affordable and high-quality education since 1957, CCBC educates more than 70,000 students each year, including half of all Baltimore County residents attending college in Maryland as undergraduates. Committed to student success and the development of lifelong learners who strengthen our regional workforce and enrich our community, CCBC has also been selected to participate in Achieving the Dream, a national student success initiative. In 2011, the Chronicle of Education honored CCBC as one of only 26 community colleges across the nation named “Great Colleges to Work For.”

CCBC is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, 2nd Floor West, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (267-284-5000). The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

CCBC. The incredible value of education.