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.
Influences another state's higher education policy. Another Republican state. From Slate. Does Arkansas’ Free Community College Program Hold Promise?
...Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed an act creating the Arkansas Future Grant, or ArFuture. Hutchinson is Republican, and both houses of the state’s Legislature are led by Republicans. The first grants would be available this fall.
The grant doesn’t require a minimum high school grade point average to qualify but goes to any traditional or nontraditional student—meaning recent high school graduates and adults—who enrolls in a science, technology, engineering, or math field, or another high-demand field, at any of the state’s community or technical colleges. As a last-dollar grant, ArFuture would go to students only after they’ve received federal and state aid. Grant recipients must participate in a mentor or community-service program, and after graduation, they must work full-time in Arkansas for at least three years.
Are still a thing. And I see John Bear is still kicking. My first job in continuing education was an advisor in an external degree program (Way, way before the internet--hence the term external instead of online.). Our program was favorably mentioned in Bear's book, and we got a lot of referrals from in. That was just 37 years ago. Sigh. From CBS MoneyWatch. Your MD may have a phony degree
There's little reason to doubt that sales of degrees have only become even more prevalent since a federal probe executed from 1989 to 1991. It was dubbed "DIPSCAM" for "Diploma Scam," and resulted in the dismantling of 40 phony schools, 19 federal grand jury indictments, 20 convictions and the purchase of 40 diplomas and transcripts.
"Our best guestimate is there are 5,000 diploma mills at any one time, and probably the same number of fake accrediting agencies," said Allen Ezell, a 31-year FBI veteran who helped run DIPSCAM. "I'm not paranoid, but it…