A discussion of continuing higher education, adult education, training,and related--and some unrelated--Tennessee topics.
Continuing education into the high schools
This is dual enrollment, of course, but what's interesting is that the high school seems to be on the semester system and the university on the quarter system. The high school students have a longer time period to complete the classes--which means that when two students start freshman composition in the fall, one at the high school and one at UW, they complete the courses at different rates. Which is fine and all but probably difficult to administer. I hear Registars softly sobbing. From the Seattle Times.
The grades Beatrice Wambui earns in her high-school history class already transfer directly to her University of Washington transcript — even though she's still a Kentlake High School junior — through a decades-old program called UW in the High School.
Thanks to an expansion of that program, Wambui and her Kent School District peers may now earn not just a smattering of college credits during high school but enough to eventually graduate from college in just three years.
"We're just thrilled," Edward Lee Vargas, the district's superintendent, said at a news conference Friday. "As a former UW student, I'm especially thrilled and excited."
The UW partnered with the Kent School District to create this opportunity, the UW Accelerated Program, building on the older program, which reached more than 2,700 students statewide last year.
Kent students who enroll in the Accelerated Program — now accepting applicants — will complete a 45-credit program, rather than a few college-level classes here and there.
David Szatmary, UW vice provost for educational outreach, said he plans to expand the program to other Washington school districts in 2012.
For First Generation. ETSU is full of them, and helping them succeed is a challenge. From The Atlantic. Meet Gen-F: Their Families' First College Students and Their Communities' Brightest Hope
When Ivan Delgado first considered going to college, he had little to go on. “I don't know anybody in my neighborhood who’s gone to college, nobody in my family,” he says. A high school advisor changed Ivan’s prospects by connecting him with scholarships at Texas A&M University. A quarter of A&M’s undergraduates—and nearly a third nationwide—are the first in their families to attend college. Ivan is now one of them.
Collectively they’re known as first-generation students, Gen-F for short. Most are from low-income families and disadvantaged communities in the U.S. and abroad. Their decision to continue their education is courageous in itself, since many are from families that can hardly scrape together the costs of applying, let alone the prohibitive cost of attending. Add to …
We no longer have to live with unanswered questions. Remember when we had to dig out the encyclopedia? When we could buy encyclopedias at the grocery store as an incentive to shop? O brave new world, / That has such people in 't! I suggest you try calling in sick to work with one of these--like nomophobia. From The Week.
5 new brain disorders that were born out of the digital age 1. Nomophobia
Some people are afraid of spiders. Others, heights. Or maybe you're unreasonably fearful of clowns. The list of phobias is long, and researchers recently added one more: In 2012, the world learned of "No-Mobile Phobia" or "nomophobia" — the feeling of panic one has upon being separated from one's phone or tablet. In one U.K. survey, 73 percent of respondents felt panic when they misplaced their phone. And for another 14 percent, that panic spiraled into pure desperation.
But the research into this new fear is so new, it's hard to say conclusively whether nomoph…