The Bard Debate Union hosted the 3rd Annual Middle and High School Debate Tournament at Bard College on Friday, February 28. The tournament welcomed 80 middle and high school students from Red Hook, Rhinebeck, Kingston and the Bard High School Early Colleges in Manhattan, Newark, and Queens. 03-03-2014 http://www.bard.edu/news/news.php?id=91
From February 9 to 12, faculty and administrators of undergraduate institutions in the Bard network met at Bard College Berlin to discuss collaboration, to enhance and deepen relations, and to share best practices. Representatives from Al-Quds Bard, American University of Central Asia, Bard College in Annandale, Bard College Berlin, Bard College at Simon's Rock, European Humanities University (Vilnius), and Smolny College participated. The project is supported by the International Higher Education Support Programme of the Open Society Foundation, and by Bard College's Center for Civic Engagement. 02-28-2014 http://www.berlin.bard.edu/news/view/archive/2014/february/article/bard-college-berlin-hosts-meeting-of-the-bard-undergraduate-network/
On Friday, December 20, outgoing New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg made what was likely the last speech of his career as mayor at Bard High School Early College Queens. Bloomberg visited schools in the borough, emphasizing the gains made in the city's public education system during his administration. At BHSEC he met up with Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott, who was on his own farewell tour. Bloomberg highlighted BHSEC as a model school, with his office noting on Twitter that the school's graduation rate is 96 percent, compared to 68 percent in all of Queens. Mayor Bloomberg called the students "some of the luckiest kids in the world." BHSEC students receive their high school diploma and associate's degree for free in four years. Read more about the visit below.