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CCBC garners special recognition at DREAM 2013
Expertise on accelerated learning, culturally responsive instruction
and financial empowerment lauded at national conference

BALTIMORE COUNTY, Md. (February 18, 2013) – The Community College of Baltimore County received special recognition for its Accelerated Learning Program (ALP) as well as a $10,000 stipend to use for its student success programs and initiatives at “DREAM 2013” held Feb. 5-8 in Anaheim, Calif. The DREAM conference is held annually by Achieving the Dream, a national nonprofit dedicated to helping more community college students, particularly low-income students and students of color, stay in school and earn a college certificate or degree. It attracts more than 1,500 influential policy-makers, investors, thought-leaders and practitioners from nearly 200 colleges throughout the United States.

CCBC was honored as part of the 2013 Leah Meyer Austin Award, funded by The Kresge Foundation. According to the program brochure, “The Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) receives special recognition for its programs that accelerate students through developmental courses, and into and through gateway courses. Since joining Achieving the Dream in 2009, the college has scaled the Accelerated Learning Program (ALP), which allows students who place into upper level developmental writing courses to enroll concurrently in English 101, a gateway credit course. ALP’s success led to the creation of the Accelerated Math Program (AMP), which combines lower level developmental math and blends upper level intermediate algebra with college algebra.

The college piloted ALP in 2007 to eliminate leakage points from its developmental education program. Through the implementation of Achieving the Dream’s Student-Centered Model of Institutional Improvement, the majority of new students who place into developmental writing now take the ALP paired courses. CCBC offered 130 sections of ALP to serve more than 1,000 students in fall 2012. A similar number of students enrolled in ALP for spring 2013. By limiting ALP developmental writing sections to 10 students, instructors are able to address the academic and non-cognitive needs of students.”

Currently, CCBC’s Accelerated Learning Program has been adopted by more than 100 colleges across the nation and implemented statewide by several states.

Donna D. McKusick, dean of Developmental Education and Special Academic Programs; Peter D. Adams, director, Accelerated Learning Program; Susan L. Gabriel, associate professor, English;, assistant dean, Mathematics; Larry Coleman, director of Multicultural Affairs; Dallas Dolan, director, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning; Sonya A. Caesar, coordinator, Developmental Education and Mark D. Williams, director, Career Development and Counseling Services, were presenters at the recent Dream conference. CCBC President Sandra L. Kurtinitis, Mark D. McColloch, vice-president of Instruction, Richard H. Lilley, vice-president for Enrollment and Student Services, Caroline Scott, dean of College Life and Lorrie B. Budd, assistant director of Student Life, were also in attendance.

Colleges selected into Achieving the Dream signify their commitment to closing achievement gaps by improving student success by creating a culture of evidence on their campuses. Achieving the Dream’s 14 “Leader Colleges,” like CCBC, are selected for demonstrating commitment to and progress on the core principles of Achieving the Dream and showing at least three years of improvement on at least one of the measures of success.

For additional information about CCBC’s Accelerated Learning Programs, visit

The Community College of Baltimore County will be hosting the Fifth Annual Conference on Acceleration on June 12-14, 2013. Workshops in Integrated Reading and Writing, the Accelerated Learning Program, Faculty Development for ALP, and Accelerated Math (AMP) will be held on June 12. June 13-14 will feature breakout sessions on all aspects of acceleration. For information or to register, visit

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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.”

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