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Columbia University Offers Course Allowing Students to Participate in Occupy Wall Street

Columbia University SealThe first student I heard of who earned college credit for participating in Occupy Wall Street was Henry Perkins, a junior at the University of Alabama. However, Perkins will certainly not be the only student earning college credit for participating in the movement.

Columbia University recently announced plans to offer a course next semester in which students can study and participate in the movement. The class will be offered through the anthropology department and will be taught by Dr. Hannah Appel, a veteran of the movement. It is called “Occupy the Field: Global Finance, Inequality, Social Movement.” Upperclassmen and graduate students will be able to take the class.

“Class requirements will be divided between seminar at Columbia and fieldwork in and around the Occupy movement,” according to the class syllabus. “In addition to scheduled seminar[s], this class will meet off-campus several times, and students will be expected to be involved in ongoing OWS projects outside of class, to be developed in close conversation with the instructor.”

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College Board Releases 2011 AP Honor Roll

college board logo with acornDo you remember back in elementary school when the school would give out annual awards for various accomplishments? There was the Reading Honor Roll, the Attendance Honor Roll, the Science Honor Roll, and so many more. I had long ago forgotten about honor rolls, but I guess they are back in the spotlight.

In 2010, The College Board began releasing an annual list of schools that made it’s AP Honor Roll. In order to make this honor roll, schools must increase their students access to Advanced Placement courses and coursework. However, there is more required of schools who want to make this honor roll. In addition, they must also simultaneously maintain or increase the percentage of their students who earn at least a “3” on the exams. Schools who do this are “successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are likely to benefit most for AP course work,” according to the College Board.

This year, 367 school districts made the list. The schools came from 45 different states in the USA and six provinces in Canada. Pennsylvania had the most districts who qualified for the list (34). New York and Massachusetts tied for second place with 30 districts each.

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University of Alabama Student Receives College Credit for Occupying Wall Street

occupy wall street hashtagThere are many students who are participating in Occupy Wall Street in New York City. There are also many more students who are participating in local versions of the demonstration in cities across the country. But Henry Perkins is the only student I have heard of who is earning college credit for participating in this event.

Perkins is a 21-year old junior at the University of Alabama. Recently, he approached his professors with a plan for an immersion research project that would allow him to earn credit while living in the open-air “frat house” that is Zuccotti Park in New York City.

“I asked my professors and they said to go for it,” said Perkins. “They’re living vicariously through me.”

Perkins is taking full advantage of his current situation. He took a train from Alabama to New York City. His only possessions are a cell phone, a computer, a toothbrush, a tarp, and a few books.

“I learned a lot here,” he said. “I realized that I never want to be in any system, and you can make it work.”

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Life Experience for College Credit

transcriptGoing back to college can be a difficult decision to come to for those that have been out of school for a long time. The idea can seem almost pointless when someone has plenty of on-the-job training and doesn’t want to take the time to sit through a bunch of classes.

But there is the possibility of using your life experience to obtain college credits towards a degree. This can be a great solution for older working adults, but be careful when attempting this. There are several sham universities out there that would be happy to take your money and send you a fake college degree based on your life experience.

There are a few options for receiving genuine college credit for your life experiences though. Some schools will actually consider awarding credit for experience, so it’s important to be in touch with your college advisor. Keep in mind that you will not be able to get a degree based only on life experience, so if you see something offering that, it’s probably bogus.

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Are 8th Graders Really Ready for College Board’s RediStep Tests?

Are 8th graders ready to study like this for a College Board test?

I remember sitting in a huge high school auditorium, nervously watching my teacher pass out scantrons. Everyone had at least two #2 pencils and several layers of clothes to take on and off, depending on when the A/C kicked in. We weren’t allowed to leave the room for any reason because it might allow us to cheat. We were taking a test in high school that could possibly get us college credit hours. It was nerve wracking!

I took my first College Board AP test when I was in 10th grade. I was terrified! I couldn’t eat the day before and during the exam. I couldn’t sleep. I was trembling throughout the exam. It was bad.

Recently, College Board announced plans to extend this terror to 8th graders. The test would be called RediStep and allow these middle school students to earn college credit through a test. However, due to the economic condition of many schools across the nation, the plan was postponed until 2010.  Read the rest of this entry »


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