Bard College Catalogue

The Bard College Catalogue contains detailed descriptions of the College's undergraduate programs and courses, curriculum, admission and financial aid procedures, student activities and services, history, campus facilities, affiliated institutions including graduate programs, and faculty and administration.

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Bard College Catalogue 2013-14

Bard College Catalogue 2013-14

Education Reform


Bard has been involved in efforts to transform secondary education since 1979, when it acquired Simon’s Rock Early College in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Bard has since launched high school early college programs in New York City, New Orleans, and Newark, New Jersey. In partnership with its Master of Teaching Program, Bard has also inaugurated innovative programs aimed at transforming teacher education, establishing graduate programs on secondary school campuses in the Bronx and in Los Angeles. The Institute for Writing and Thinking, based on Bard’s main campus, was established in 1982 to guide teachers in developing and refining writing practices with the goal of enriching classroom learning through writing.

The College addresses underserved communities through its support of the Bard Prison Initiative, a prison education program that began as an undergraduate Trustee Leader Scholar project; and the Clemente Course, a credit-bearing humanities course for disadvantaged individuals. To learn more about these programs, see “Additional Study Opportunities and Affiliated Institutes.”

Student-led Education Projects  In addition to Bard’s institutional partnerships, Trustee Leader Scholar projects and other undergraduate initiatives have responded to pressing educational needs. Bard student volunteers work with emotionally disturbed children at the Astor Home in Rhinebeck; participate in math circles, art workshops, and environmental education programs for local elementary and middle school students; provide after-school homework help and tutoring to students in nearby communities; and provide music lessons to children for whom private instruction would otherwise cause their families financial strain.