American School Adds Eight New Online Business, Career and Technical Education Courses

The American School is pleased to add eight new courses to its online learning offerings.

The seal of the American School

Lansing, IL (PRWEB) April 18, 2014

The American School is pleased to announce the addition of eight new Business, Career and Technical Education courses to its ever-expanding list of online learning offerings. Students can now take Accounting 1, Business Communication, Introduction to Culinary Arts, Fashion and Interior Design, Life Management Skills, Read World Parenting, Introduction to Social Media and Thinking and Learning Strategies while they work toward their accredited high school diploma. Full descriptions of each course are available on http://www.americanschool.org/courses.

The American School has been a leader in distance education since 1897 and has helped more than three million students across the country and around the world earn their accredited high school diplomas. Students wishing to earn the American School’s diploma choose either General High School Program or College Preparatory Program, both of which contain 18 units of credit. A full, four-year diploma program costs $2100 and includes paper-based and/or online courses, all study materials, and access to the password-protected Online Student Center, where students and parents can view grades, access help sheets and homework web sites, and contact American School instructors and staff members.

The American School also offers individual courses to students with an existing homeschool curriculum and to students who attend brick and mortar high schools. The latter group takes individual courses through the Independent Study Program, which thousands of schools use each year to help their students graduate on time. Individual courses typically cost between $150 and $300, and students who take individual courses receive the same Online Student Center benefits as those students who are working toward their American School diploma.

The American School is accredited by Ai (Accreditation International) and NCPSA (the National Council for Private School Accreditation) and is recognized by the State of Illinois as a non-public high school.

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Divestment Movement Crosses $100 Million Endowment Line, Unity College Praises Pitzer Decision

Unity, Maine – April, 2014 –  A movement that began on November 13, 2012, at a 350.org event featuring environmental activist Bill McKibben and Unity College President Stephen Mulkey, has reached its most significant milestone to date.

     Pitzer College of Claremont, California, has announced its intention to divest from investments in fossil fuels.  With an endowment valued at $125 million, Pitzer silenced critics who said that the divestment movement in higher education would collapse.

     At the 350.org event in Portland, Maine, McKibben welcomed Unity College President Stephen Mulkey to the stage.  He was greeted with a standing ovation when he revealed that the environmentally focused college had become the first in the nation to divest from investments in fossil fuels.  Some questioned the significance of the gesture, given that Unity’s endowment is relatively modest ($13.5 million at the time, now $15 million).

     Since that time, both Mulkey and McKibben have travelled the United States nurturing the movement they started.  They have supported grass roots divestment movements at high profile institutions like Harvard University, which has resisted student and faculty calls to divest.

    History may be tilting on the side of visionaries like Mulkey and McKibben.  With the recent announcement by Pitzer College that it will divest and strengthen campus-wide efforts to reduce its carbon footprint, a new threshold — divestment by an institution with an endowment in excess of $100 million — has been crossed.

     “I applaud the initiative shown by Pitzer College and welcome them into the fold of colleges that have divested,” noted Mulkey.  “History will look back on Pitzer’s decision as among the milestones along the way to broad action to mitigate global climate change and secure a healthy planet in perpetuity.”

     Mulkey feels that with every milestone reached, the critics of divestment are losing steam.

     “Not so long ago critics said that divestment was a stunt pulled by small environmental colleges with small endowments and little to lose,” Mulkey stated.  “Pitzer’s decision validates the idea that this movement is not limited to small colleges, and that the rest of higher education should consider following suit.”

     In recent years Unity College has gained national attention for a variety of achievements including its focus on sustainability science, the vanguard in the fight for the mitigation of global climate change.  Other ground-breaking “green” innovations include the award-winning TerraHaus, the first student residence on a college or university campus built to the Passive House standard, the most energy efficient building standard in the world.

     Unity College is a private college in rural Maine that provides dedicated, engaged students with a liberal arts education that emphasizes the environment and natural resources. Unity graduates are prepared to be environmental stewards, effective leaders, and responsible citizens through active learning experiences within a supportive community.

 

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Wright State University professor Rudy Fichtenbaum Elected AAUP President for Second Term

Other National Officers and Council Members Chosen in 2014 Election

 

Washington, DC– Wright State University professor Rudy Fichtenbaum has been re-elected president of the AAUP. Below, he is pictured at an AAUP Governance Conference.

Additionally, Hank Reichman (California State University-East Bay), first vice president; Susan Michalczyk (Boston College), second vice president; and Michele Ganon (Western Connecticut State University), secretary-treasurer were all re-elected for a second term.

A number of Council positions were also elected in this month’s election. See the complete results athttp://www.aaup.org/about/elected-leaders/elections/2014-election-information.
Fichtenbaum made this statement in response to his election:

Today the need for a bigger and stronger AAUP is greater than at any time since the founding of the AAUP nearly 100 years ago. The corporate attack on public higher education has led to dramatic declines in state support for higher education and ballooning student debt, particularly for working class students and students of color. The values and principles of academic freedom, shared governance and economic security for all of the members of our profession are foundational, because they enable us to fight back against the corporate agenda and ensure that higher education serves the common good. Our slate ran on a platform to emphasize organizing faculty to engage in collective action, using collective bargaining where possible and building strong advocacy chapters elsewhere. It is gratifying that our entire slate was reelected and I think it shows our members believe the changes we are making will help strengthen the AAUP

 

The mission of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) is to advance academic freedom and shared governance, to define fundamental professional values and standards for higher education, and to ensure higher education’s contribution to the common good. Founded in 1915, the AAUP has helped to shape American higher education by developing the standards and procedures that maintain quality in education and academic freedom in this country’s colleges and universities. The AAUP is a nonprofit professional association headquartered in Washington, DC.

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