Accelerated Learning Program

Introduction

Welcome to the Mesa Community College English Department’s Accelerated Learning Program (ALP).

ALP is an innovative program that allows students to complete Eng 091 and Eng 101 in the same semester.  Eight ALP students take ENG 101 with twelve non-ALP students. The ALP students then take Eng 091 immediately following the Eng 101 class, taught by the same instructor.  Eng 091 is prepared as a workshop and support system for the Eng101 course.

The ALP is modeled after Community College of Baltimore County’s ALP, which has had measurable success with developmental students, particularly with student retention. Additionally, MCC’s ALP stems from current research in basic writing, composition theory, and developmental education, and utilizes best teaching practices from other programs, such as learning communities and mainstreaming models. 

Core Principles

MCC's ALP promotes the following core principles: 

Integrated Writing & Reading Metacognition                 Strength-Based              
Students should explicitly study the interwoven relationship between reading and writing. Students should evaluate and reflect on their own writing and reading processes.  Students should recognize and utilize their learning strengths and not focus solely on their weaknesses.
Responsibility Contextualized Learning   

Enculturation into Academic Writing

Students should develop ownership of their educations, recognizing how their decisions affect their educational success.  Students should study language in context, not in isolated worksheets removed from writing context.                Students should be introduced to academic writing as a particular discourse with language expectations they may have to learn to be successful.

Assessment Needs

An initial survey of the Fall 2012 ALP students, 75% (27/36) successfully completed Eng091 and Eng101. In the previous academic year, only 30% (230/767) of students who passed Eng091 in Fall 2011 passed Eng101 by the Spring 2012 semester. 

Additional assessment is necessary to review the effectiveness of the program and to justify scaling up the program.

Resources

Faculty Materials 

Readings

Adams, Peter; Gearhart, Sarah; and Robert Miller. “The Accelerated Learning Program: Throwing Open the Gates.” Journal of Basic Writing. 28.2 (2009): 50-69. Print.

Collins, Terence G. and Kim Lynch. "Mainstreaming? Eddy, Rivulet, Backwater, Site Specificity." Mainstreaming Basic Writers. Ed. Gerri McNenny. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2001. 73-84. Print.

Jenkins, Davis, et al. "A Model for Accelerated Academic Success of Community College Remedial English Students: Is the Accelerated Learning Program Effective and Affordable?" Community College Research Center. 21 (2010): 1-13. Print.

Lalicker, William B. "A Basic Introduction to Basic Writing Program Structures: A Baseline and Five Alternatives." Teaching Developmental Writing. Ed. Susan Naomi Bernstein. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's. 2007. 15-26. Print.

McLeod, Susan; Horn, Heather; and Richard H. Haswell. "Accelerated Classes and the Writers at the Bottom: A Local Assessment Story." College Composition and Communication. 56.5 (2005): 556-580. Print.

McNenny, Gerri. "Writing Instruction and the Post-Remedial University: Setting the Scene for the Mainstreaming Debate in Basic Writing." Mainstreaming Basic Writers. Ed. Gerri McNenny. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2001. 1-15. Print.

Otte, George and Rebecca Williams Mlynarczyk. Basic Writing. West Lafayette, IN: Parlor Press. 2010. Print.

Singer, Marti. "Moving the Margins." Mainstreaming Basic Writers. Ed. Gerri McNenny. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2001. 101-118. Print.

Soliday, Mary. "Ideologies of Access and the Politics of Agency." Mainstreaming Basic Writers. Ed. Gerri McNenny. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2001. 55-72. Print.

Wiley, Mark. "Mainstreaming and Other Experiments in a Learning Community." Mainstreaming Basic Writing. Ed. Gerri McNenny. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2001. 173-191. Print.  

Related Links

Community College of Baltimore County's ALP website: http://alp-deved.org/

Framework for Success in Postsecondary Writing: http://wpacouncil.org/framework 

MCC's ALP highlighted by local radio station: http://www.kjzz.org/content/1302/changes-remedial-education-aim-keep-students-track-and-school