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Building a College - Going Culture

EDUC-901
3 Credits
Online
4.71/5.00
EDUC-901
3 Credits
Online
4.71/5.00
This course addresses the need for educators to engage with students as effective college-going advocates. National economic competitiveness as well as effective civic engagement require a well- educated work force and population. There are many obstacles that prevent far too many students from considering both the benefits and their ability of going to college. Despite the American ideal of equal opportunity, access to college can vary greatly depending on one's socio-economic background, ethnicity, quality of K-12 education, and parental educational attainment. This research-based course will explore college access issues and the roles educators can play in promoting an equitable college-going culture. The course is designed to provide educators with insights and proven strategies that can help motivate students and their families to prepare for, enroll in, and succeed in college.

NOTE: Required textbooks must be acquired separately.

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Dr. Allen Carden

Instructor
As both a teacher of history at the college and university level for over four decades, and a researcher and writer of history, my love for studying the past and sharing my insights has only increased with time. A great history class in my junior year of high school grabbed my interest and helped establish a trajectory that has been so much more than a job; it has been an adventure, a passion, and I would even say a ministry in which the search for truth and exposure of historical error has fascinated me. I love taking complex historical events and persons and trying to make them understandable and relevant to my students. It is my privilege to be not only an instructor of continuing education courses for Fresno Pacific University, but also to be a full-time professor of history at this fine institution. One of the joys of my professional life life has been developing 17 courses for FPU's continuing education offerings, primarily in history but also in education and cross-cultural studies. Enriching the fund of knowledge for teachers through these courses has been very satisfying.