Friday, March 23, 2012

Public Service Announcement by Miles Shaw-Coleman

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

PHRC HOME You have the right to get an education free from illegal discrimination. Education discrimination can happen in public and private schools; colleges and universities; and in trade, technical, professional or business schools. Who commits illegal discrimination? The actions of a student, teacher, administrator or other school employee may be discriminatory, or a school’s policies or the way they are applied may be discriminatory. The victim may not be one individual, but a whole group who is negatively affected by a policy or procedure. To file a complaint, you must be a victim, or have the authority to act on behalf of a victim. (A parent or advocacy organization may file a complaint on behalf of a minor student.) Who is protected? In education, it is illegal to discriminate against someone based on race, color, sex, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, handicap or disability, and the use, handling or training of support or guide animals for disability. It is also important to know that it is illegal to discriminate against someone because they have opposed illegal discrimination, filed a complaint, or assisted in an investigation. This is called retaliation, and the law protects those who oppose illegal behavior. Examples A few examples of illegal discrimination in education are: a teacher disciplines or grades students differently based on their race, sex, religion, ancestry, national origin or disability students are denied opportunities such as scholarships or extracurricular activities because of their race, sex, religion, ancestry, national origin or disability a student cannot physically access a facility because of barriers or a lack of ramps or elevators a school refuses to make a reasonable accommodation for a student’s disability, for example an American Sign-Language interpreter, a screen-reader or other assistive device, or an accommodation such as an extended testing period or oral examination a school denies a student the use of a guide or support animal for a disability classmates harass or bully a peer because of his or her race, sex, religion, disability, ancestry or national origin a teacher requests sexual favors in return for grades or repeatedly makes sexual comments to a student a classmate repeatedly makes sexual comments or gestures, or subjects a peer to sexually offensive images qualified students are denied admission based on race, sex, religion, ancestry, disability, etc. *Remember that to be illegal, such treatment must be based on characteristics listed above these examples. These are just a few examples of illegal discrimination, Find more examples here. There are also many things that happen in schools that are unfair, but may not be illegal. If it isn’t clear whether your situation was illegal discrimination, an investigation will determine the facts as the law applies. If you have questions about your situation, please don’t hesitate to call a PA Human Relations Commission regional office. If your situation potentially involves a violation of federal civil rights law or of criminal law, the PA Human Relations Commission 99

Smart Student Systems

Let's make Student Information Systems (SIS) smarter. Connect, synchronize and syndicate content, communications and workflow with the WISDOM SERIES.

The Challenge of Improving Higher Education Portals:

Decentralized data systems offer higher education institutions custom blended functions and operational support designed around their practices, roles and orientation. How can learners, advisors and administrative staff outside the institutional boundary navigate institutional differences when the methods, content and workflow vary for good reason? How can we bridge different data systems that constantly evolve? How can we monitor the health of connections and sustain their use through new versions?

The Power of Sharing ONE Solution:

The Wisdom Series by AcademyOne optimizes the flow and presentation of academic and administrative data across distinct and separate student information systems (SIS), continuously informing academic decision support and guidance functions shared centrally or distributed across participating institutions. Bridging and transforming differences requires a bit of ingenuity along with systematic methods to handle the evolution and health of components. The Wisdom Series is built with loosely coupled web services to afford the solution.

Enable institutions to partner and build a community to support degree completion.

Today's web 2.0 world requires network connections to be real-time, secure and guaranteed. How and when you synchronize, syndicate and access distributed and centralized data is up to you. Student Guidance Systems and Portals suggest pathways based upon information, and that information should be accurate and timely. If it is out of sync and stale, learners are vulnerable and often misled by good intent but failed execution.


“Upon occasion we find vendors and products that we believe have tremendous potential to help shape the future of higher education. As such we want to take an active role in helping our members develop a relationship with AcademyOne."
Hans L’Orange, Director of Data and Information Management, State Higher Education Executive Officers
“We believe the acquisition of the software and services from AcademyOne by PDE consistent with the recommendations of PASSHE will go a long way toward addressing the concerns raised by students and transfer counselors in their interviews.”
Dr. Peter Garland, Vice Chancellor, Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education
“AcademyOne is devoted to assisting post-secondary institutions and states develop seamless, accurate and up-to-date information about course equivalencies that already exist in the institution. I have talked to a lot of people and everybody kept pointing to AcademyOne. This is the only organization in the country that can give us what we need”
Dr. Kathleen Shaw, Deputy Secretary of Postsecondary Higher Education, Pennsylvania Department of Education
“We worked with David for over a year on a groundbreaking initiative, and he was a terrific partner and colleague. He is responsive, innovative, easy to work with, has integrity, and is willing to go the extra mile to make things work. I would welcome the opportunity to work with him again in the future and hope we are able to make that happen. I recommend him and his software company highly. He is a true social entrepreneur and he has the best interests of students in mind as he does his work.”
Pamela Tate, President and CEO, CAEL: The Council for Adult Experiential Learning
Neither higher education institutions nor students have been insulated from the negative financial effects of the current economic downturn. At the same time, obtaining a college degree has never been more important to individuals and indeed to the nation. Now more than ever, states must do everything possible to eliminate barriers to degree completion and to ensure that students avoid additional expenses and delays. AcademyOne is helping South Carolina implement cost effective technology-based solutions that work for students, institutions, and the state

Dr. T. Michael Raley, Director, Division of Academic Affairs & Licensing, South Carolina Commission on Higher Education
"We need a vibrant real-time national clearinghouse to help students and institutions overcome credit transfer challenges. I share the vision of AcademyOne to develop a comprehensive system that is user-friendly for both student and institution.”
Dr. Bruce Chaloux, Director of the 16 State Electronic Campus, Southern Regional Education Board (SREB)
"This effort is one of many that will bring us closer to achieving the goals outlined in Governor Markell’s Education Blueprint.”
“Research tells us that students who enter college with some college credits under their belts complete college at much higher rates than those who do not. Increasing the number of students who go on to a post secondary institution (including both 2-year and 4-year programs) and earn a degree will increase Delaware’s competiveness in today’s global economy.”
Dr. Judi Coffield, Chair of the Higher Education Transfer Credit Matrix Subcommittee of Delaware’s P-20 Council
"Washington is a state with a large community college sector and a comparatively small number of baccalaureate institutions. Thus, successful transfer plays an important role in helping students attain bachelor's degrees."
Andi Smith, Associate Director for the Academic Affairs Division, Higher Education Coordinating Board

Mobility Matters!

There are two general student mobility strategies:
  • Proactive is predetermined and planned in advance reducing the friction and impact of the movement. Study abroad programs and student exchange programs come to mind because they are well prepared to address the process and events.
  • Reactive is the method of waiting for the student to leave one education provider and enroll in another leaving several consequences uncharted. Students often can take off time and the currency of their prior learning may be called into question.

More than 60% of college students transfer at least once before earning an undergraduate degree in the United States.

Student mobility matters because it is now the norm to transition between two, three or more institutions as one seeks to complete a college degree or credential. This phenomenon, driven by fundamental changes over the last twenty years in higher education has created challenges for institutions as they attempt to address college affordability and improving degree completion

Greater Mobility in Higher Education

... The institution itself is mobile with satellite, international, online and mobile identities. The learner is mobile and engages with multiple postsecondary providers, concurrently or at different points in time, while located at various geographic and online destinations, while physically mobile whether traveling, commuting, working, military deployment, parenting, socializing, etc. With each passing second, technology enables even greater mobility of content, instruction, learning and learners. AcademyOne recognizes that mobility matters to the sustainability of institutions and systems and helps manage the impact of mobility on academics, operations and enrollment patterns.

AcademyOne's Higher Education Cloud

Faculty can see how courses offered are similar. Even as important, they can see how they differ. In serving the process, many departments and faculty will adjust their courses to meet the standards outlined by the discipline categories. In the end, the process to create and maintain a transfer credit framework helps reconcile perceptions, implied differences, builds mutual respect and helps establish guidelines for future curriculum alignment and tuning efforts.
Explore Pennsylvania's Transfer Credit Framework online. AcademyOne began working with the PA Department of Education to automate the Transfer Credit Framework in 2006. Read more about the PA TRAC Project.

What is a Transfer Credit Framework?

  • The courses listed in a Transfer Credit Framework represent the type of coursework that is generally completed during the first and second year of a degree program.
  • Completing courses within the Framework categories is a good choice for students who are undecided about the major they wish to pursue or the institution where they plan to transfer and complete.
  • A Transfer Credit Framework allows students to transfer up to 30 or 40 credits of foundation courses to any of the participating colleges and universities and have those courses count toward graduation requirements.
  • A Transfer Credit Framework usually includes courses in English, public speaking, math, science, art, humanities, history and the behavioral and social sciences.
  • A Transfer Credit Framework is not intended to represent the full set of general education courses required for a degree program, but it is an excellent advising tool for students who begin classes without a clear sense of their future educational plans - which is the majority of students.
Participating colleges and universities offer thousands of courses, both general and major specific, that are transferable but not listed in the framework. Certain majors have specific requirements prescribed by external agencies. It is the student’s responsibility to work with an advisor to select appropriate courses as they relate to their prospective major. A Transfer Credit Framework usually affects students matriculated as of the year of implementation and beyond. They generally are not retroactive or retrospective.


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Monday, March 5, 2012


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Saturday, March 3, 2012

What's A Survivor Course? Life Skills/Balancing Social Life & College;col1