The weekend of September 19–21 was a busy one for the Bard College Debate Union, both in Annandale and at Eastern New York Correctional Facility. On Friday, the Bard Debate Union at Eastern defeated the University of Vermont in a debate about the merits of disbanding NATO. On Saturday and Sunday, the Bard Debate Union in Annandale and the Bard Center for Civic Engagement hosted the inaugural Bard College Invitational debate tournament. 09-23-2014 http://www.bard.edu/news/news.php?id=112
Bard College and its affiliated programs were well represented at the People's Climate March in New York City on Sunday, September 21. More than 100 faculty, staff, and students participated from Bard College in Annandale, the Bard Center for Environmental Policy, the Bard MBA in Sustainability, and the Bard High School Early Colleges. The Bard Office of Sustainability, Environmental and Urban Studies Program, and student-run EcoReps and Environmental Collective were instrumental in organizing buses from Bard College, with transportation funding provided by the People's Climate March and the Sierra Club. Bard MBA offered a viewing area from their 6th Avenue space overlooking the march route, which was decorated with large banners hanging from the upper-story windows. 09-23-2014
The new Bard High School Early College Cleveland officially opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, September 5. President Botstein called the students "pioneers" in education, and emphasized the importance of engaging teenagers in learning by treating them with respect and challenging them in school. The new campus is a partnership between Bard College and the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, and joins seven other Bard early college programs around the country. BHSEC students earn a high school diploma and a tuition-free associate's degree from Bard College in four years.
The Summer Program for Mathematical Problem Solving (SPMPS) is underway at Bard College for the fourth year. Forty rising eighth graders from underserved New York City middle schools attend the program in order to study math at a high level, above and beyond what they have access to at home. Many of the participating schools have partnered with Bard's Master of Arts in Teaching Program (MAT) and currently have MAT alumni/ae as teachers. SPMPS follows up with the students throughout the year and helps them navigate New York City's high school application process. SPMPS students have gone on to competitive high schools and extracurricular programs; seven participants have been admitted to the Bard High School Early Colleges. 07-10-2014
The Henry Luce Foundation has awarded Bard College a four-year, $400,000 Luce Initiative on Asian Studies and the Environment grant to increase and enhance the interdisciplinary study of environmental and sustainability issues in Asia across the undergraduate curricula at Bard’s campuses at Annandale-on-Hudson and Simon’s Rock, and in the M.S. programs at the Bard Center for Environmental Policy. 05-01-2014 http://www.bard.edu/news/releases/pr/fstory.php?id=2565
Bard Early College in New Orleans
Bard Early College in New Orleans is founded in the belief that the opportunities for critical inquiry offered by the best colleges in the country should be available to younger students who have the ambition to learn and the curiosity to engage difficult questions. We act on this belief by offering 11th and 12th graders a unique opportunity: Bard Early College students spend the second half of every school day as undergraduates of Bard College, completing the first year of a Bard education during the last two years of high school. BECNO runs two half-day college campuses in partnership with the Louisiana Department of Education, enrolling over 100 students from public high schools across New Orleans. BECNO campuses are among the most rigorous and inclusive early colleges in the country.
How it Works
Bard Early College works in partnership with high schools across the city to embed an undergraduate college within a public high school system. Bard Early College operates autonomously on two satellite Bard campuses, provided by the Louisiana Department of Education. Bard Early College courses are dually accredited, allowing students to move ahead in college without falling behind in high school.
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Students are admitted not through testing but rather through an interview and audition process, culminating in a one-day “trial” seminar on the Bard Early College campus.
Bard Early College courses are held to the high academic standards that define the rigor and quality of a Bard education. Program faculty are active and accomplished in their fields, and all have extensive university teaching experience.