Kellogg Institute

for Adult and Developmental Educators and Learning Skills Specialists




The Kellogg Institute for Adult and Developmental Educators and Learning Skills Specialists is the nation's longest running professional development program for practitioners who serve underprepared and underserved college students. Attendees will learn practices to increase retention & completion, and will have networking opportunities with their colleagues from institutions around the country. Participants will develop an action plan to address issues afecting their own institutions' developmental education/learning assistance programs.

For   2016, the Kellogg Institute will feature a 2-week summer residency and an updated curriculum with a focus on:

  • Implementing innovative models for retention and completion discusses promising new approaches designed to accelerate students' progress through developmental coursework.
  • Connecting courses and support services focuses on academic courses and support services to promote student success and retention.
  • Applying Technology for student success presents appropriate, sustainable technology applications in the classroom and beyond.
  • Understanding characteristics of diverse learners addresses theories of adult development and learning, and explores strategies to help diverse students meet their educational goals.

    Seminars will be led by one or more recognized experts in the content area. Check back for a list of presenters.

Who Should Attend the Kellogg Institute?

Although the Kellogg Institute is intended as an advanced professional development program to assist practitioners in expanding their knowledge of the field and strengthening their own developmental or learning assistance program, professionals new to the field can also benefit from our program. Participants should be currently employed in developmental education or a related field, or enrolled in a graduate degree program in the field.

Institutions may send more than one participant.  

New: Due to the revised curriculum and format, Kellogg Alumni are also eligble to apply to Kellogg 2016.

Enrollment is limited to 45 participants.

Certification and Graduate Credit Options

All participants will be awarded a certificate of completion at the end of the summer residency. All participants are encouraged to pursue Developmental Education Specialist certification through enrolling in 3 graduate credit hours (HE 65XX - Developmental Education Applications) and completion of a practicum project within one academic year following the summer residency.

Those electing the certification option will be required to apply to Appalachian State University's Cratis D. Williams Graduate School as non-degree students. Applicants accepted into the Institute will be sent further instructions regarding this.

An additional 3 optional credit hours may also  be earned by enrolling in HE 6090: Seminar in Adult and Developmental Education (3 hrs). See application form for corresponding tuition and fees. Credits earned through the Kellogg Institute are applicable toward the M.A. or Ed.S. degree in Higher Education with a concentration in Adult and Developmental Education at Appalachian State University's Reich College of Education.


Advanced Kellogg Institute

 Advanced Kellogg is a one-week intensive workshop/seminar covering a single theme or topic related to Developmental Education or Student Success. The next Advanced Kellogg Institute will be held in 2017. Please see the Advanced Kellogg page for archived information about Advanced Kellogg 2015, or contact us:


SPECIAL NOTICE: Appalachian State University periodically offers their Ed.S. in Higher Education, Adult and Developmental Education, ONLINE. Courses taken during the Kellogg Institute apply to the program of study.  Visit: Online EdS at AppState. for information about future cohorts.

Cost to Attend/Funding

 All materials required for Kellogg Institute sessions, faculty leadership, room and board, and the opening reception and closing dinner are included at an estimated cost of $1,845.00 Optional graduate tuition is extra. 2016 fee and tuition information will updated as it becomes available. At this writing, Appalachian State University has not set Summer 2016 rates.

Kellogg Institute participants are non-degree students and are therefore ineligible for Federal Student Aid. A number of professional associations and other sources offer professional development funding that applicants may be eligible for.  See SUGGESTED FUNDING SOURCES for information on scholarship and other financial aid sources.

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Information on the Lifelong Learning Tax Credit