Here’s the Scoop–April 28, 2017

Effective for the Fall 2017 Semester, we have made it even easier for students who are interested in taking advantage of Atlantic Cape’s dual-credit programs in over a dozen area high schools to earn college credit.  Each year, upper level high school courses are reviewed by Atlantic Cape faculty to determine college-credit worthiness.  Those that are deemed eligible are included in the annually executed contracts, allowing high school students to get a head start on their college career.

First, we will be waiving the $35 application fee for these students.  Second, students participating in the dual-credit program will no longer need to take the ACCUPLACER placement test or submit standardized test scores (i.e. SAT, ACT, or PARCC) in order to earn the college credits.  Students will need to meet the testing requirement upon matriculation at Atlantic Cape.

Based on consistent feedback from our high school partners as well as trends in other dual-credit programs across the State, we believe this will streamline the process so students may seamlessly continue their educational pathway with Atlantic Cape.


Keith Forrest, associate professor of Communication, is one of the winners of The Philadelphia “Why I Run” essay competition sponsored by The Philadelphia Inquirer/Daily News. He had to explain in 150 words or less why he runs. As the prize, Professor Forrest receives a free entry into the Broad Street Run on Sunday, May 7. Here is the winning essay:

“I started running as a midlife crisis when I was 40 because I couldn’t afford a red convertible. At first, I could run about a block, before I would have to stop and nurse my sore knees. But I kept putting one running shoe in front of the other. My twins Elijah and Madeline were infants then and I thought I could bond with them through running. I put an ad on a website looking to trade for a double-jogging stroller. Luckily, there was a woman who was mad at her ex-husband and gave me his brand-new BOB jogging stroller with jeep tires. The twins and I ran together every morning and I became “that crazy guy with the double stroller.” Now, my twins are 11 and we run races together. I’ve done 20,000 miles over the last decade and along the way running has reshaped my body and soul.”


The NEW date for the Atlantic Cape Community College 5K is Saturday, Sept. 9. Stay tuned for more details as the event gets closer.


girl, boy and two girls sit and raise hands

Professor Leila Crawford’s Composition I students just finished reading Americanah, a novel by Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. They celebrated their new knowledge of Nigerian culture with a Nigerian Fest on Tuesday, April 11. Students volunteered to contribute to the fest in different ways. In addition to writing two essays on the book, students baked ube pies, made chin-chin and a dip, compiled some modern Nigerian music, brought short clips from Nollywood films, cracked a coconut in the B Building courtyard for sharing, researched the Nigerian landscape, fried plantains, pureed peppers for jollof rice, dipped bananas in peanuts and covered their forearms in removable tattoos of the Nigerian flag. Though they know they are certainly not experts on Nigeria, they have advanced from the “single story” of the country about which Adichie warns her fans.


The Atlantic Cape Choir signed a piece of sheet music from the song they sung at the Mays Landing Campus Earth Day Celebration on Tuesday, April 18, that will be encapsulated for the next 50 years in the Atlantic Cape Community College time capsule.

group of students gather around girl holding sheet music outside
piece of paper with signatures

Richard Russell, assistant professor of English, and Stephanie Natale-Boianelli, associate professor of English, presented, “The Hamilton Experiment: Turned Upside Down” at the New Jersey Council of Community Colleges Best Practices Conference on Friday, April 21 at Union County College. Their presentation explored the advantages and challenges of using a non-traditional text, specifically Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical Hamilton, in the Composition classroom. Their work was supported by a Creative Content Project grant from the Instructional Resources Committee.


Atlantic Cape Community College will offer a one-day workshop for college educators interested in starting an Accelerated Learning Program (ALP). The ALP Summer Institute will be held Tuesday, June 13at the college’s Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike.

ALP is proven to increase college success rates for students who test into remedial English. Atlantic Cape piloted its nationally recognized Accelerated Learning Program in spring 2012. ALP allows the student to bypass the second level of remedial English and go straight into college-level English 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.

This workshop is for those interested in starting an ALP program at their school, those in the process of scaling an ALP program, those who teach ALP, and those who are new to ALP. The ALP Summer Institute will include an overview to ALP and Atlantic Cape’s triad model as well as sessions on:

  • The essentials of the program, including scaffolding assignments, non-cognitive issues, active learning, and integrated reading and writing
  • Best practices, assignments and activities particularly suited to ALP
  • Best practices and challenges in implementing and scaling the program

The workshop will be led by ALP faculty, and the day will provide ample opportunity for discussion. The registration fee includes lunch and all materials, including a copy of our ALP Faculty Handbook.

Registration fee is $189. Call 609-343-5655 to register.

Atlantic Cape received the 2016 Diana Hacker Two-Year College English Association Award for Outstanding Programs in English for Two-Year Colleges and Teachers in the Enhancing Developmental Education category for the college’s Accelerated Learning Program.

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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