Vol. 5 Issue 2
Summer Training: Summer 2009 Pre-Service Training Program will be held on Wednesday, July 29 for New Instructors and Coordinators, and July 30 and August 4 for Veterans. Veteran Instructors and Coordinators will be asked to attend the usual two sessions to receive compensation. New Instructors and Coordinators may choose the on-site orientation on July 29, OR an on-line orientation, coupled with on-site participation on either July 30 or August 4 for compensation. Click here for details.
School Guidance Counselors: 1818 ACC staff members have become increasingly aware of our need for better communication with high school guidance counselors. The staff is attempting to resolve this problem in several ways. We ask all school officials - administrators, school coordinators and instructors to communicate to their guidance counselors 1818 ACC's apologies for past oversights. The staff has prepared a guidance counselor link to the 1818 ACC website for principals or guidance counselors themselves to communicate their contact information to the office. Please complete by June 15 so that the office can send personalized invitations to the summer training program. One session will be designed especially for school counselors. Click here for details.NACEP Impact Surveys: As a critical part of 1818 ACC's review for NACEP accreditation, the office is conducting "Impact Studies" to measure the impact of 1818 ACC on schools and students. Studies are targeted specifically to Administrators, Teachers, Guidance Counselors, and Students (both one and five years out of high school). 1818 ACC school partners who fall into each of theses groups will be receiving on-line surveys targeted specifically to their professional category. Responses to these surveys are critical to NACEP accreditation. Return deadline is June 15. Thank you in advance for your participation in these impact studies. Click here for more details.
On-Line "New Student" Registration:At the suggestion of several of our school partners, the 1818 ACC office has succeeded in its proposal to create a simple electronic registration form for "new" (first-time participants) 1818 ACC students. This on-line form is not directly through the Banner website, so would not require students to login. The thinking in the office is to pilot the process in several schools during the Fall 2009 semester. Schools interested in being part of the pilot should contact our office at the link here.
Simplifying "returning students'" registrations? Stay tuned.
50th Anniversary Celebration: Save the Date! Tuesday, October 6, 2009 the 1818 Advanced College Credit Program will celebrate its 50th anniversary. Established in 1959, the 1-8-1-8 Program was one of the only dual credit programs in the nation until the late 70's, when colleges and universities nation-wide caught on to the benefits of offering qualified high school students the opportunity to begin college while still in high school. Click for details of the celebration.
On-Line Orientation:At the suggestion of several new instructors, beginning Summer 2009, 1818 ACC will offer an on-line option for New Instructor Orientation. However, on-line orientation alone will not garner a training stipend. Click for requirement details.
Introduction to Statistics:Since the numbers of schools interested in offering Introduction to Statistics continues to increase, Dr. Bryan Clair, Statistics Liaison, has offered a set of general guidelines and expectations for instructors and content. Click here for the pdf.
Veteran Instructors: Training session dates are Thursday, July 30 and Tuesday, August 4, 2009, Busch Student Center. At the suggestion from program participants, the 1818 ACC staff has added several new options to the summer training days.
The old favorites will remain - "Students in Transition," "Writing Across the College Curriculum," "Library Resources," "Intro.to Banner," "Meeting Special Needs in College," "Designing a College Syllabus," and the required "1818 ACC Updates."
In addition, the office has required all departments to conduct a departmental meeting. New instructors will be required to attend their departmental meeting, which will be optional for veterans. Other additions will include a keynote address to open both Training days, a special "School Guidance Counselors" session, and "Promoting Dual Credit without Selling SLU" for instructors in schools who partner with more than one college or university. Not all session times and presenters are firm. A complete program agenda will be mailed to everyone's home in early July. Click here to update home address.
New Instructors and New School Coordinators:New instructors and new school coordinators are required to complete the 1818 ACC orientation in order to offer a course for credit and/or to take advantage of the graduate tuition benefit available to all eligible partners. Two options are available to new partners.
Option 1: On-site training, July 29, 2009, Busch Student Center, 8:00 - 1:30. Agendas will follow. For those benefiting from person-to person contact, this session is probably the better choice. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and interact with not only 1818 Program office staff, but other new folks as well.
Option 2: On-line orientation, available July 15 - August 15. The session will cover all of the content of the on-site session, and will provide opportunities for on-line chat with the program director and other "course" members.
BOTH options allow for new instructors and new school coordinators to attend Veteran instructor sessions as well, if they choose. ONLY on-site attendees will be eligible for training stipends.
School Guidance Counselors: Beginning 2009-2010, the 1818 ACC Office is making a stronger effort to engage and include school guidance counselors in the entire 1818 ACC Program. The Program needs their input on its "impact study," and more importantly in their day-to-day contact with students who may need to know more about the value of dual credit courses. Click here to confirm contact information.
NACEP Impact Studies: As the 1818 ACC Program nears the end of its application process for accreditation by NACEP (National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships www.nacep.org), the program needs input from its partners. Not since 1999 has 1818 ACC sought the kind of input that the surveys are requesting. The Office staff has attempted to make the surveys as valuable, YET brief and simple as possible. Your cooperation in completing these surveys will be MUCH appreciated! Deadline, June 15, 2009.
50th Anniversary: The 1818 ACC Office staff hopes that principals, counselors, teachers and school coordinators will mark their calendars to join their old friends and colleagues to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the program. As 1818 ACC enters its "Golden Years" celebrating our past and looking ahead together seems only appropriate. This celebration will be different from our annual Awards and Appreciation Dinner. It will be filled with food, fun and surprises - all different from the what usual program participants have come to expect at our March event. While 1818 ACC staff realizes this date is in the middle of Fall activities for all of our schools, the staff still hopes everyone can find a way to Save the Date, and join in this unique celebration. It won't disappoint!
Did You Know? . . .
Did You Know . . ?
- 1818 ACC offers "Institutional Scholarships" to assist teachers in preparing to teach as 1818 ACC instructors, but who still need either a master's degree, or graduate hours in their specific discipline. Scholarships are based on the school's 1818 ACC student enrollment.
- External tuition scholarships are available for teachers applying to teach in 1818 ACC to earn credit not available at SLU. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 1818 ACC policy, Missouri CBHE guidelines, and NACEP national standards all require course expectations be the same for all students in a course, regardless of whether or not the student is taking the course for college credit. 1818 ACC courses are college courses on high school campuses. All students enrolled in each course must be taking the same college course, with no distinction in assignments or expectations.
- Participation exemptions are available for students with less than a 3.0 GPA, and compelling reasons for that situation.
- Participation exemptions for sophomores are simply that - exemptions, NOT entitlements. Instructors should NOT be requesting exemptions for entire classes of sophomores.
- 1818 ACC student IDs get them into many other venues besides the library.
- 1818 ACC no longer requires a grade of "C" for credit. However, if the student is coming to SLU, he or she brings the grade along. All 1818 ACC grades go into the SLU student's undergrad GPA. For students going somewhere other than SLU, schools are unlikely to accept transfer grades lower than a "C." The "C" grade is still essential for student success.