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Registration is now open! 2013 CAP Conference, Denver

Please Join Us! 2013 CAP Conference, Denver

Navigating Acceleration: Use Assessment and Best Practices as your Compass!

Pre-Conference Events: July 30th
Main Conference: July 31 – August 1st
Hotel and Hospitality Learning Center
Metropolitan State University of Denver


Raymond J. Wlodkowski, Ph.D., & Margery B. Ginsberg, Ph.D

Constructing a Future for Accelerated Learning: A Motivational Architecture

How has Accelerated Learning emerged as the most preferred adult learning format? What motivates its current structures, growth, and instructional methods? And, looking to the future, what are the purposes and means that can further develop AL as an innovation for equity and high quality learning? With a research perspective and a motivational lens, Drs. Wlodkowski and Ginsberg analyze social and educational trends to offer important insights for AL leaders, practitioners, and scholars.


Representatives from various accrediting bodies, including:

Dr. Ellie A. Fogarty, Vice President, Middle States Commission o­n Higher Education

Dr. Jeffrey H. Rosen, Vice President for Accreditation Relations, Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association

Dr. Steven M. Sheeley, Vice President, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission o­n Colleges


Trends in Higher Education that Impact Accelerated Programs

Doug Lederman, Editor & Co-Founder, Inside Higher Ed.


Accelerated Programs 101
Assessment and Evaluation of Programs: What do we do?
Accelerated Advising: Are YOU o­n the fast track?
Financial Aid Complications for Module/Accelerated Programs (Standard Term, Credit Hour programs)
ACE Military and Veterans Programs: Strategies for supporting military and veteran student attainment at your institution
Successful Hybrid and o­nline Program Development
Scheduling Faculty: Important Considerations for Accelerated Programs


Assessing Adult Learners’ Self Esteem and Confidence
Preparing Students for Assessment
Accelerated Teaching Methods: o­ne Step in a Faculty Development Process at Madison College
Current Conversations in Leadership for Accelerated Adult Learning Programs
Open Table Discussion – for Veterans in Accelerated Programs
Open Table Discussion – for Newcomers to Accelerated Programs


Experience First: A Best Practices Model for Accelerated Instruction
The Pennsylvania State University Video Learning Network (VLN)
How do we compare? Research o­n Quality Standards of Acceler­ated Programs
Developing a Student Affairs Model for Accelerated/Post-Traditional Students

The conference brochure and registration form are available via the ‘2013 CAP Conference, Denver!’ module to the left.

For questions or additional information, please contact me at (303)964-5253 or [email protected].

We’re looking forward to seeing you in late July/early August!


Jeannie McCarron
The Council for Accelerated Programs (CAP)
[email protected]

A Message from CAP’s 2012/2013 Board Chair

Dear CAP Colleague,

As the new CAP chair, it is a great pleasure to introduce myself to the membership. I am Dawn Spaar, Associate Dean at Elizabethtown College’s Center for Continuing Education & Distance Learning, located in Central Pennsylvania. I have been with Elizabethtown since 1999, have attended CAP conferences since 2005, and have been o­n the CAP Board since 2009. I met some of you at this year’s CAP Conference in Denver and at previous CAP events, and I hope to personally connect with each of you in the coming year.

It is with honor that I follow in the footsteps of our most recent chairs, Patricia Ellis and Royce Ann Collins – who during their tenure advanced CAP to be fiscally self-sustaining, developed the Quality Standards for Accelerated Programs and Model for Good Practice, continued with national meetings and events and advanced CAP’s consulting services to mention o­nly a few critical endeavors.

Rest assured, during 2012-2013, I plan to continue along the same path. You’ll notice immediately that CAP enters this next year with a new name: The Council for Accelerated Programs. The 2011/2012 CAP Board agreed that CAP has officially graduated from a Commission to a Council. We welcome this coming year with enthusiasm about our new name coupled with an expanded service base for members. During this year’s annual conference I asked, “What can CAP do for you?” The answer is broad. CAP can provide many services specifically dedicated to accelerated programs including consulting services and program evaluation, webinars, presentations, promoting the Quality Standards, regional workshops, the annual conference, and providing networking opportunities and professional connections. In fact, some upcoming events include a regional workshop at Keuka College October 8 & 9 that will focus o­n “Promoting Student Success: o­ne Adult at a Time” and will carry with it a spin o­n Financial Aid. We are also very excited to join the Center for Adult Learning in Louisiana (CALL) to offer a two-part webinar series, scheduled for October 23rd and November 27th, that will address two practical topics for faculty: Rubrics & Rigor and How to Accelerate a Traditional-Length Course. CAP Board Members will be presenting and representing CAP at the annual ACHE and CAEL conferences in November, and we have consulting visits planned at a few colleges this fall.

If your institution, college or school is interested in having a CAP representative visit to evaluate your program against the CAP Quality Standards, contact Jeannie McCarron at [email protected] or 303.964.5253. As a reminder, you will receive a full report that will include not o­nly suggestions for improvement but also reaffirmation of your current good practices. What better way to highlight your program/s in preparation for an upcoming accreditation visit or strategic planning discussion?

For those who attended our 2012 annual conference recently held in Denver at Metropolitan State University, it was great seeing you. We hope you enjoyed the great plenary speakers, high-quality roundtables, fantastic networking opportunities, and excellent weather in downtown Denver. For those of you who were unable to join us, we hope to see you at an event throughout the year or at next year’s annual conference. Stayed tuned for more details.

In the coming weeks we will be sending you a member survey to gain information that will help guide future CAP initiatives. We are excited to hear from you.

As always, thanks for your participation in CAP. We’re looking forward to another great year!


Dawn Spaar
2012-2013 CAP Chair

Thank You, 2012 CAP Conference Participants!

Thanks to all who participated in CAP’s 11th National Conference for Accelerated Programs in Higher Education August 2-4 in Denver. We are delighted you could join us.

Here are some comments about the conference we’d like to share:

“Excellent presenters. Gave very sound and practical suggestions and ideas. Gave the background and data that led their work. Fielded questions well. Engaging and valuable.”

“Great way to hear about what others are concerned about and possible solutions. Amazing networking opportunity.”

“Excellent open discussion! This modeled the accelerated learning style.”

“Wonderful presenters! They shared ideas for success and avoiding pitfalls in maintaining rigor amid external in internal pressures.”

“I want to take these ideas to my own school and use them.”

We appreciate all of the feedback we received, and we will reference this feedback as we plan for next year’s annual event.

Congratulations 2012/2013 CAP Board of Officers!

Joni Allison, Associate Dean, Accelerated Bridge to Education (ABE), Lincoln College – Normal

Judy Apple VanAlstine, Dean, School for Adult Learning, Assistant Professor, University of Indianapolis

Audrey Ashton-Savage, Adjunct Associate Professor, Whittemore School of Business and Economics, University of New Hampshire
Ex Offico Member/Past Chair

Diana Bamford-Rees, CAEL Associate Vice President
Ex Officio Member/CAEL Liaison

Andra Basu, Dean of Adult & Professional Studies, Albright College
Awards Officer

Tom Castle, Interim Asst. Provost and Dean of Adult Programs, Mount Mercy University
Vice Chair

Royce Ann Collins, Associate Professor in Adult Education, Kansas State University
Ex Offico Member/Past Chair

Patricia Ellis, Associate Dean of Accelerated Undergraduate Programs, Stevenson University
Ex Offico Member/Past Chair

Chad Gruhl, Department Chair and Associate Professor, Hospitality, Tourism, and Events, Metropolitan State University of Denver
Events Officer

Amanda Kulp, Graduate Research Assistant, Center for Public Partnerships and Research, School of Education, University of Kansas

Sharon Peters, Director of OCP/EWC, Tennessee State University
Membership Cultivation Officer

Shirley Roddy, Dean of Academic Scholarship, Mid-America Christian University
Outreach Officer

Dawn Spaar, Associate Dean, Center for Continuing Education and Distance Learning, Elizabethtown College

Tammy Stewart, Vice Provost, Concordia University Texas

CAP Director:
Jeannie McCarron, Regis University

CAP Membership Information

We are delighted you are interesting in joining the o­nly organization specifically dedicated to serving the needs of the accelerated learning community.

To join CAP today, please visit the ‘CAP Membership Info’ module o­n the front page of this site to access the CAP Membership Application Form. You may also contact Jeannie McCarron at (303)964-5253 or [email protected] for questions or additional information about CAP Membership.

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