Atlantic Cape Earns National Honor for Remedial English Alternative

Atlantic Cape Community College received the 2016 Diana Hacker Two-Year College English Association Award for Outstanding Programs in English for Two-Year Colleges and Teachers April 9 at the TYCA National Conference on College Composition and Communication in Houston.

English faculty members Stephanie Natale-Boianelli, Effie Russell and Rich Russell accepted the award in the Enhancing Developmental Education category for the college’s Accelerated Learning Program.

From left, Atlantic Cape professors Effie Russell, Stephanie Natale-Boianelli and Rich Russell accept the award for Outstanding Programs in English.

From left, Atlantic Cape professors Effie Russell, Stephanie Natale-Boianelli and Rich Russell accept the award for Outstanding Programs in English.

The college piloted the program in 2012, in an effort to improve college success rates for students that test into remedial English. Through the program, students who test into the second level of remedial English can enroll in ALP. ALP allows the student to bypass the remedial course and go straight into college-level English 101 while taking a support course with the same professor.

The program allows students to save time by taking the courses concurrently and enabling them to begin college-level work immediately.

College data shows 84 percent of students enrolled through ALP complete ENGL101, nearly double the completion rate of students who go the traditional route of remedial English.

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