In 2004, CAP was founded at Regis University with a start-up grant from the Lumina Foundation for education. The original founder and accelerated learning researcher, Raymond Wlodkowski, Ph.D., had a vision of creating a network of accelerated learning programs that could serve as a forum for collaboration, communication, and information sharing among its members to advance and advocate for accelerated education worldwide. Today, that vision remains CAP’s primary focus.

2009 CAEL AwardsCAP began as a Special Interest Group within the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL), and has flourished into its own member organization with a niche of service offerings that focus on accelerated programs and adult learners. Our founding institution, Regis University, continues to be a strong supporter and advocate of CAP by providing in-kind contributions that include office space, administrative overhead, and access to resources. We are also incredibly appreciative that Metro State University of Denver graciously provides complimentary meeting space, technology, and staffing resources to support our annual conferences. We are indebted to these organizations for their generosity and advocacy over the years.

Today, CAP continues to work closely with CAEL, as noted above, and is facilitating partnerships with the Association for Continuing Higher Education (ACHE) and other organizations in order to broaden its outreach and scope of services. We are excited about the many possibilities!

Tomorrow has much promise for this member organization that began small and had big dreams. We can now look back at the beginning and then look forward to the next year knowing that the higher education landscape has changed, but CAP’s mission and vision continue to be relevant and important to all who serve adult students.