Bard Early College to Offer Virtual Courses for Florida High School StudentsANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, NY — Starting this month, Bard Early College will offer three tuition-free virtual college courses to high school students in Florida. Participating students who complete the program will receive three transferable college credits from Bard for each course, as well as a Bard College transcript. The subjects include Introduction to Psychology, Introduction to African American History, and Introduction to Gender Studies, and will be taught via Zoom by Bard faculty outside of regular school hours, for two 1.5-hour sessions per week from October 2023 to December 2023.
“Bard Early College is a pioneer with a 20-year track record in providing high school students across the United States with access to college-level education,” said Dumaine Williams, vice president for Early College at Bard. “These virtual courses, offered exclusively to students in Florida, cover educational topics that are under threat or actively blocked in the state, and Bard Early College aims to make these subjects available to the students who wish to study them.”
The courses are designed to engage students’ interest in diverse subjects across the liberal arts and sciences, while also building confidence and fluency in college skills that translate across disciplinary lines, including textual analysis, argumentation and discussion, and college writing. To participate, students must be enrolled in a Florida public high school, in or entering grades 11–12, and must have the written authorization of their parents or legal guardians. To apply, interested students should fill out an application here.
Bard has a long history of bringing a rigorous academic program to young people through the Bard Early Colleges, and has awarded over 4,000 associate in arts (A.A.) degrees to BHSEC students across the Bard Early College network, where over 3,000 students are currently enrolled on nine degree-granting campuses across six states. More than 95 percent of BHSEC students, the majority of whom are first-generation college students and Pell eligible, graduate from high school with at least one year of tuition-free college credit from Bard and a high school diploma. For more information about Bard Early College, visit bard.edu/earlycollege.
#About Bard Early College
Bard Early College is a division of Bard College, a leading non-profit college of the liberal arts and sciences. Bard is renowned for innovation in the public interest, leading nationally recognized undergraduate programs for nontraditional students, including those who are incarcerated, adult learners, and students in urban high school systems.
Bard Early College is one undergraduate organization distributed across nine sites - Manhattan (New York City), Queens (New York City), Bronx (New York City), Newark, New Orleans, Cleveland, Baltimore, Hudson Valley and Washington D.C - with over 3,300 students and 250 faculty. Bard Early College fundamentally rethinks the connection between high school and college. BEC directly links the two by replacing the last two years of traditional high school with a tuition-free and rigorous immersion in college study. Students receive up to 60 college credits and an Associate in Arts degree from Bard College, alongside a high school diploma.
#About Bard College
Founded in 1860, Bard College is a four-year, residential college of the liberal arts and sciences located 90 miles north of New York City. With the addition of the Montgomery Place estate, Bard’s campus consists of nearly 1,000 parklike acres in the Hudson River Valley. It offers bachelor of arts, bachelor of science, and bachelor of music degrees, with majors in more than 40 academic programs; graduate degrees in 13 programs; eight early colleges; and numerous dual-degree programs nationally and internationally. Building on its 163-year history as a competitive and innovative undergraduate institution, Bard College has expanded its mission as a private institution acting in the public interest across the country and around the world to meet broader student needs and increase access to liberal arts education. The undergraduate program at our main campus in upstate New York has a reputation for scholarly excellence, a focus on the arts, and civic engagement. Bard is committed to enriching culture, public life, and democratic discourse by training tomorrow’s thought leaders. For more information about Bard College, visit bard.edu.
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