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Higher Education Initiative

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The La Salle Explorer is more than just a mascot. Being an Explorer is our way of life. We teach our students how to blaze their own paths, togo forth into the world with certainty and purpose, and to explore relentlessly as they become the people they want to be.

Through La Salle’s Higher Education Initiative, the Explorer educational experience is available to talented and promising area high school students. Our many academic programs allow eligible students to earn college credit while simultaneously attend­ing high school. Participating high school students don’t just get head starts on their college educations. They also explore college life by learning from college professors in the company of college students.

La Salle University is a member of the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP), an organization with the goal of ‘advancing quality college courses for high school students.’

Contact:

Liz Langemak, Ph.D.
Director of the Higher Education Initiative
langemak@lasalle.edu
215.951.1160

Dual-Credit Programs

  • Area junior and senior high school students have the opportunity to earn dual credit as a result of a signed partnership between their high school and La Salle University. La Salle University is pleased to partner with the following high schools for this exciting, free program:
     
    Bonner and Prendergast High School
    Central High School
    Eastern Academy Charter School
    La Salle College High School
    Little Flower High School
    Mastery Charter School – Pickett Campus
    The Philadelphia High School for Girls
    Roman Catholic High School
    Science Leadership Academy at Beeber
    St. Basil Academy
    West Catholic Preparatory High School

     

    If your high school is not on this list, please encourage your principal to contact Dr. Liz Langemak (215-951-1160 / langemak@lasalle.edu) to discuss how students at your high school can become eligible for the Transformation Scholars program.
  • Students must have at least a 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale and no history of serious disciplinary violations.
  • This program is limited to 20 high school students, with 10 spots reserved for students who will be first generation college students.
  • Students may take one La Salle course in each of the fall and spring semesters.
  • There is no cost to the student for the college courses. Eligible students may have the opportunity to receive textbook and travel assistance.

Applications for the 2019 Transformation Scholars Program must be received in hard copy no later than Monday, April 1st, 2019.  Please download and complete both the Higher Education Initiative Application, and the Transformation Scholars Supplemental Application. Send your completed application, along with your essay, current high school transcript, and sealed letter of recommendation to:

Dr. Liz Langemak
Director of the Higher Education Initiative
La Salle University
English Department
1900 W Olney
Philadelphia, PA 19141

Decisions will be made no later than April 19th, 2019.  Accepted students and families will be invited to an orientation session on June 20th, 2019.

If you are applying to multiple programs (students might, for example, apply to both the Summer Scholars Program and the Transformation Scholars Program), you MUST send completed, separate applications for each program (including two copies of transcripts, teacher recommendations, etc).

  • Seniors attending Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia have the opportunity to earn dual credit as a result of a partnership between their high school, La Salle University, and the Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
  • There is no cost to the student for the college courses. Students pay only for their textbooks.
  • This program is sponsored by La Salle University in partnership with the Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Students who have been accepted into the Diocesan Scholar program by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia must also complete the Higher Education Initiative Application to bring to their registration session for fall courses. Accepted Diocesan Scholars need not include transcripts nor test scores.

  • Juniors and seniors attending School District of Philadelphia high schools have the opportunity to earn dual credit at La Salle University.
  • Students must have at least a 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale and no history of serious disciplinary violations.
  • Students are selected for the program by the School District of Philadelphia.
  • This program is limited to 15 students within the district per semester.
  • There is no cost to the student for the college courses and textbooks.
  • The program is co-sponsored by La Salle University and the School District of Philadelphia.

Interested students should contact the School District of Philadelphia or their high school principal for more information.

  • Rising juniors and seniors have the opportunity to earn college credit during a special summer session com­prised of only high school students on La Salle’s campus. Courses, textbooks, and lunches will be provided free of charge to accepted students.
  • Summer classes take place during an accelerated seven week session on La Salle’s campus. This year’s program will take place on June 25th– August 13th.  Courses will run from 9:00 am -12:00 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays; additionally, each student will commit to a weekly career and college preparatory session from 1-2:30 p.m. on either Tuesday or Thursday.  Because of the accelerated nature of this program, students applying for this program MUST certify their ability to attend the entire program. Students who are – for any reason – planning more than one absence are highly discouraged from applying to this program.
  • Students must have at least a 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale and no history of serious disciplinary violations.

Applications for the 2019 Summer Scholars Program must be received in hard copy no later than Monday, April 1st, 2019.  Please download and complete both the Higher Education Initiative Application, and the Summer Scholars Supplemental Application. Send your completed application, along with your essay, current high school transcript, and sealed letter of recommendation to:

Dr. Liz Langemak
Director of the Higher Education Initiative
La Salle University
English Department
1900 W Olney
Philadelphia, PA 19141

Decisions will be made no later than April 19th, 2019.  Accepted students and families will be invited to an orientation session on June 20th, 2019.

If you are applying to multiple programs (students might, for example, apply to both the Summer Scholars Program and the Transformation Scholars Program), you MUST send completed, separate applications for each program (including two copies of transcripts, teacher recommendations, etc).

Rising seniors who participated in the 2018 Summer Scholars program as rising juniors are highly encouraged to apply. These students should indicate on their applications which course they have already taken.

2019 Summer Scholars Course Offerings

 

ENG 204: Introduction to Creative Writing

Course Description: Introduction to Creative Writing asks students to explore the ways written art (fiction, poetry, nonfiction) works and to attend to how things are said rather than what they say. Reading and writing (both the work of practicing artists and our peers) are the central activities of the course. We read to see, in part, what choices are available to us as we write. We write to try out what it means to make those choice in our own work. Coursework includes substantial reading and discussion, keeping a reading journal, writing generative exercises and more fully developed work that will be read and talked about by the entire class.

 

BUS 170: Introduction to Business

Course Description: This course provides students with an in-depth perspective on business issues and key business processes. Students will gain an appreciation for how each part of a business functions on its own and together as a whole through business plan writing and presentations.  Students will be exposed to the process of writing professional business plans and evaluating the business plan development process.  Individual  research as well as collaborative team writing projects will be assigned.  Specific introductory business topics explored include social responsibility/business ethics, marketing strategies, entrepreneurship, and management/leadership.  Through this course, students will achieve an overall understanding of the various key disciplines of business and how these functions interact to successfully achieve business goals and objectives.

 

CRJ 161: Introduction to Criminal Justice

Course Description: This course provides an examination of the criminal justice system attempting to tackle questions, including (i) Did the War on Drugs propel prison populations? (ii) Are Three Strikes laws just? (iii) What are the legal boundaries of government surveillance during a War on Terror?  Special attention will be given to examining current controversies facing the American criminal justice system such as the use of force, racial disparities, and false confessions. Broadly, in this course we explore how the police, courts and corrections, the central components of the United States criminal justice system attempts to balance due process with crime control concerns.

 

ISBT 270: Pandemics

Course Description: Pandemics – diseases which affect humans on a global scale – pose significant challenges. Even when effective therapies have been developed there can be economic, social, and cultural barriers to getting these therapies to the people who need them. One major theme of the course is to explore the basic biology of various infections and the current medical interventions available. Another major theme is to relate sociopolitical and economic forces to disease prevalence and severity. For example, how do stigmas around human sexuality exacerbate the HIV epidemic in the USA and abroad? The course includes both lecture and seminar elements with hands-on activities, guest speakers, and interactive learning experiences. Assessments will include tests and quizzes to reinforce foundational content, and reflection papers to address the sociopolitical issues that constrain our ability to combat these diseases.

 

 

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