is an international consultant in the field of faculty
development and student success strategies. His popular text, On
Course: Strategies for Creating Success in College and in Life (Wadsworth/Cengage
Learning) is used in both student success courses and college
Dr. Downing has earned degrees from Princeton University, Johns Hopkins University, the University of Santa Monica, and Carnegie Mellon University. He holds advanced degrees in both English and counseling psychology. He was Professor of English at Baltimore City Community College (BCCC) for 32 years.
In addition to his role as an academic instructor, Dr. Downing created and coordinated BCCC's Student Success and Learning Community Programs. These programs teach students how to apply proven strategies of success to achieve their full potential in college and in life. The College Success Program resulted in a significant increase in both student academic success and retention. Click here to see the data from BCCC as well as many other institutions using the On Course text.
Before developing the College Success and Learning Communities Programs at BCCC, Dr. Downing was Coordinator of Writing for eight years, overseeing the revision of the college's writing program, including the creation and implementation of an innovative curriculum and assessment process for freshman writing and developmental writing courses.
American Community College Trustees has recognized Dr. Downing as its
Northeast Region teacher of the year.
He is a recipient of the NISOD Community College Leadership Award
for teaching excellence, and he was named in USA
Today as one of the fifty best community college teachers in the
United States and Canada.
Downing has made numerous presentations at national conferences and
conducted faculty development workshops at many two- and four-year
colleges and universities in the United States, Canada, Bermuda, and the Virgin Islands. Since 1996, he has facilitated the
Workshops, intensive four-day retreats for college educators
focusing on proven strategies for empowering students to become active,
responsible partners in their education and to achieve greater success in college
and in life.
These workshops offer participants the option of earning three graduate
credits in a follow-up course on-line.
These workshops offer participants the option of earning three graduate credits in a follow-up course on-line.