Sunday, January 21, 2018

U.S. Higher Education Glossary- University Glossary

the graduate PLA is a no cost and no credit four week workshop which provides the same content as the COLL200 course but in an accelerated format. The workshop offers optional assignments that help the student evaluate their learning and mandatory assignments which are components of the portfolio whereby allowing feedback from the PLA team member monitoring the workshop for a successful portfolio. Once the student has completed the portfolio and is ready to submit to an evaluator, a nominal fee is charged for the portfolio submission.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Robert Frost - The Road Not Taken (The Road Not Taken" is a poem by Robert Frost, published in 1916 as the first poem in the collection Mountain Interval. Frost said that this poem was "tricky" and often misinterpreted. While many readers take it to refer to the importance of not following the crowd, Frost said that it referred instead to the tendency to regret past decisions, even inconsequential ones)

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth; 

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day! 
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference. 

Thursday, December 21, 2017

“study tech"-

Federally Funded Tutoring Program Has Ties to Scientology

April 9, 2012 under Applied Scholastics
Fox News Detroit, April 9, 2012
(NewsCore) – With Uncle Sam’s help, underprivileged kids across the country are being exposed to the ideas of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard.
Scores of public school districts are using a tutoring program with close ties to Scientology, according to tax documents filed by Applied Scholastics International, a nonprofit that promotes Hubbard’s teaching methods. The group has government approval to provide federally funded after-school tutoring in 12 states, including California, Texas and Florida.
On its most recent IRS records, Applied Scholastics reported that 248 public schools purchased its services in 2010. The group claims to have provided tutoring to more than 1,600 students.
Applied Scholastics gained a toehold in public education a decade ago through the No Child Left Behind law, one provision of which requires failing schools to offer tutoring to low-income students. Federal funds are used to pay tutors who meet criteria set by each state.
Although religious organizations are eligible to provide secular instruction, Applied Scholastics maintains that its tutoring programs are not connected to the Church of Scientology and are based only on the educational theories of church founder L. Ron Hubbard — specifically, on a teaching method he developed called study technology, or “study tech.”
According to study technology, three barriers prevent people from learning: not having the physical object of what is being studied, not having mastered prior skills, and misunderstanding words.
“Study Technology has as its sole purpose teaching people how to learn,” said Christine Gerson, a spokeswoman for Applied Scholastics.
On forms filed with the IRS, no mention is made of Scientology, though “study tech” is a founding principle of the religion.
“I think that the school districts that are buying into this particular program may or may not know that the Church of Scientology is printing this garbage up,” said Christine Anderson, a San Antonio mother who got Scientology-linked teaching materials removed from her son’s middle school seven years ago.
On a tax filing, Applied Scholastics said that in 2010, it took in $1.3 million from its education and literacy programs. Gerson said that a substantial portion of the $1.3 million was from tutoring. The average cost per student was approximately $680, she said.
Critics discount any distinction between Applied Scholastics and Scientology.
“The claim that they’re an independent organization is a fiction,” said David Touretzky, a Carnegie Mellon University professor who has written extensively about Scientology.
Touretzky said Applied Scholastics is staffed by Scientologists; it familiarizes students with Scientology terms and allows them to become comfortable with its ideas. As an academic program, it lacks credibility, he and others said.
“It’s garbage,” Touretzky said. “Kids benefit from adults who pay attention to them and are interested in seeing them learn, and so I can’t say that Applied Scholastics is worse than nothing. It may be better than nothing. But it’s certainly not better than other approaches that could be used.”
Gerson responded: “In my experience, the few individuals who have opined against Study Technology do not know enough about it to render a meaningful comment.”

Does your College or University have Short Term Advance Loan Programs? What are these programs for?; "Unanticipated" life events, emergencies- $ to hold you over until your financial aid is disbursed


Short Term Advance

(More Info) (Terms & Conditions)
A University monetary advance available to degree-seeking students enrolled at least half-time at FAU for assistance with purchasing textbooks, emergency funds relating to educational expenses and unanticipated living expenses until the disbursement of financial aid. Keep in mind that the Short Term Advance is NOT a source to assist with paying your tuition and other related fees.
Maximum loan amount is $750 with a non-refundable processing of $7.50 assessed. Students must meet additional eligibility criteria.

Resident Assistant Questions?-

Examples of resident assistant bemefits:Request

 "...They get free housing and maybe (can't remember) a free meal plan as well. The schedule seems to suck between duty and pointless meetings (team builder activities, anyone?) at multiple levels. They also have to plan a certain number of floor activities per time period.

Ancedotally, I think there is a difference between how girls and guys interact with RAs. My RA friend who is a girl seemed to have a number of residents who actually relied on her at times for support. As a guy, I know my freshman RA was nowhere to be found and we all sort of liked it that way on my floor. Also, some RAs take their jobs very seriously (way too seriously, to the point of writing people up for things which aren't bothering anybody but are technically violations of policies) while some don't.

If you're interested in being an RA I think a decent thing to do would be in your first semester or two, find a time to talk with your RA and a couple of your friends' RAs and say you're interested and you want honest opinions on what it's like. You should be able to get a good sampling of a few different people's experiences this way. "...


"...School Tuition: $17,200
Room and Board: $13,390

Resident Assistant Benefits: FREE Room and HALF Board... $10,900 off your bill a year. Still half to pay $2,500 in meal plan.
Brings total costs down to ~$20,000 a year from about $31,000.

On Call: Usually Once or twice a week, some weeks none. You have to sit at the desk for 3 hours, no compensation however. (19 RAs, 2 on call per night on weekdays, 4 on weekends)
When on call you do 3 rounds a night (6pm, 10pm, 1am, 3am on weekends) and cannot leave the building after 4:30pm.

Duties: Host 3 programs a month, have to do 6 hours of service outside your hall a year. Bulletin Boards, doordecks, weekly emails of course too. We also have to stay until the day before Thanksgiving to wait until the dorms close.

So how does that compare to other schools? "...

“No fraud is acceptable, and students deserve relief if the school they attended acted dishonestly. This improved process will allow claims to be adjudicated quickly and harmed students to be treated fairly