Accelerated Learning Program

Accelerated Learning Program (ALP)


Mission Statement:

The Accelerated Learning Program (ALP) in the Composition Program at KCC is designed to facilitate the transition into college composition for students whose CATW placement exam scores are just below passing. ALP is predicated on the belief that students can thrive academically and rise to significant literacy challenges when given adequate individual attention and instruction from faculty. By fostering a supportive small community within the larger English 12 class, ALP provides a safe space for students to learn together, grow together, and support each other under the guidance of their instructors. The goal of ALP is to help students achieve the learning outcomes of English 12, including submission of a passing writing portfolio, thereby reinforcing their role as critical readers, writers, and thinkers in the college community.

Background of ALP in English 12:

In Spring 2013, Kingsborough began to pilot a variation of the Accelerated Learning Program instituted at the Community College of Baltimore County. Five “ALP” sections of English 12 included some English 93-level students who received additional instruction with their Composition instructor.

Today, the ALP program is open to more students through the developmental sequence, providing them with an additional two-hours of instruction. All ALP sections of English 12 participate in collaborative portfolio assessment.

About ALP:

  • ALP is a two-hour, non-credit course that reinforces the work of English 12.
  • There is no separate, additional, or different assessment for ALP students. Instead the entire class will participate in collaborative portfolio assessment. (NOTE: As of Fall 2017, ALP students will no longer retake the CATW.)
  • The purpose of the two-hour ALP session is to support ALP students’ progress through Eng 12 and to prepare them to pass the final portfolio.
  • ALP sessions will include individualized activities to meet the students’ needs and might include conferences, additional peer review, or deeper/slower work with a challenging text.

ALP Next Course Placement Summary

Eng 12 Grade Next Course
Pass English 24
Fail English 12
W / WD / WN / WU      ALP English 12


Entrance Requirements:

  • Incoming Students who score a 50 to 55 on their most recent CATW AND a 55 or higher on the Accuplacer exam OR a 70 or higher on the Reading ACT.
  • Continuing students who have not passed the CATW and/or the Reading ACT BUT have passed ENG 91, ENG 92, ENG 93, ENG W, ENG 04, ENG 88, ENG 8211 OR ESL 91, ESL 101, ESL 102.


Grading and attendance in English 1220: ALP

Due to CUNYfirst logistics, students must receive the same grade in English 1200 and English 1220 or they may be unable to register for their next class.  

In the past, students had to sign a contract that stated their grade in English 12 was contingent upon their ALP attendance. That contract is no longer viable for two reasons:

  • It was created when the ALP class did not appear on the students’ schedule or even in CUNYfirst. The contract was the only record that the student was taking ALP.
  • Students now register for ALP on their own, not with an advisor, so there is no way to enforce a contract.  

With this information in mind, faculty suggest the following strategies to deal with attendance issues in the ALP class:

  • Make sure that ALP provides productive, supplemental instruction that helps students pass the English 12 portfolio. Instructors report better attendance when the class directly relates to the goal of passing the portfolio.
  • Be sure your syllabus explains that participation in ALP is directly linked to passing the entire class. In addition, be clear that only students who have completed a specified amount of work will even be eligible to submit a portfolio.
  • Take attendance in ALP so students know that you value their presence in the class.   


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