Vermont Colleges Build Stonger Economy and Communities Through Dual Enrollment and Early College Programs

Posted by Christine Plunkett, Burlington College President

Jun 10, 2014 1:16:00 PM


Recently, US Sen. Bernie Sanders announced that he intends to introduce federal legislation addressing many of the barriers low-income and first-generation students face as they consider college. This would make the opportunity to attend college a reality for these students – an opportunity we are already providing here in Vermont.

On the same day, across town, at Vermont Student Assistance Corp. (VSAC), Governor Shumlin spoke about dual enrollment and early college programs expanded in Vermont in 2013. Dual enrollment programs allow high school students to take college-level classes at no cost, while the new Early College program starting this fall allows high school seniors to complete their final year of high school on a college campus, taking a full course load, earning both college and high school credits at no cost.

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Dual Enrollment Versus Advanced Placement

Posted by StaciAnne Grove, Marketing Coordinator

Jun 10, 2014 1:10:00 PM

There are many challenges that students face on their way to earning their college degrees. Getting into the college of your choice is as competitive as ever. The price of tuition is skyrocketing. Sometimes hurdles arise before you’ve even applied – lack of motivation, low confidence – the list goes on.

Fortunately, programs like Dual Enrollment and Advanced Placement can help to alleviate the burden some of these problems by allowing students to earn college credit while they are still in high school. The savings of earning credit early through these programs can benefit both students and the public, so much in fact, that the total cost of college education could be lowered by up to 12.5%, a significant drop for students and taxpayers alike.

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Topics: Dual Enrollment

Brian Heston '00 Receives Award for Upcoming Book

Posted by StaciAnne Grove, Marketing Coordinator

May 20, 2014 11:42:00 AM

Brian Heston '00 earned his BA in literature and creative writing.  Since attending Burlington College, Heston has received and MFA in fiction writing from George Mason University and an MFA in Poetry from Rutgers University. His poems have won a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prize, and his first full length manuscript, “If You Find Yourself,” was just awarded the Main Street Rag Book Prize.  It will be published in November 2014.

Below are two selections from "If You Find Yourself."

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Topics: Alumni

Not Just for High Achievers - Vermont's Dual Enrollment Program

Posted by Stephen St.Onge, Vice President and Dean of Academics

May 12, 2014 8:32:00 PM

Dual Enrollment is a program that allows high school students to enroll in and receive credit for courses at local colleges entirely free of charge, while simultaneously earning their high school diplomas. Many may think that it only provides the highest achieving high-school students with an additional challenge, and perhaps to give them a leg up in the college application process.

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What is Dual Enrollment and What Are Its Benefits?

Posted by Christine Plunkett, Burlington College President

May 12, 2014 8:06:49 PM

Dual Enrollment is a program allowing Vermont high school juniors and seniors to enroll in and earn credit for college courses while still in high school. Through dual enrollment, you may take one course during each of your last two years of high school at a designated college, earning credit towards both your diploma and your college degree simultaneously.

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Topics: Dual Enrollment

Save 57% - Attend Burlington College for Less through Early College Program

Posted by StaciAnne Grove, Marketing Coordinator

Mar 26, 2014 8:48:00 AM

These days paying for college is no easy task. That's why Burlington College is happy to be participating in Vermont's Early College Program (ECP). The ECP allows students to earn four-year degrees at a substantial discount AND graduate early!

Now you can finish out your senior year of high school while getting a head start on college at the same time. Better yet, you can save serious money while doing it. Get the same quality college education for less and take the courses you've been waiting for.

So just how much can you save?

YEAR 1: FREE Tuition!

Yes, that's right. Apply for the ECP and you can start college a year early at no cost to you. Thanks to the Flexible Pathways Bill, you can have your first year of college covered.

YEARS 2-4: Receive a 20% discount and Tuition freeze!

No, your eyes aren't playing tricks on you. For the remainder of your college years, you can get a full 20% off tuition. And no need to worry about escalating costs each year. Your tuition will be "frozen" at the same rate until you graduate.

Still sound too good to be true? Learn more about Early College and how you can save on tuition.

 

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Topics: Early College

Sandy Baird Receives Pro Bono Award

Posted by StaciAnne Grove, Marketing Coordinator

Mar 25, 2014 10:57:00 AM

Burlington College faculty member Sandra Baird received the Pro Bono Service Award from the Vermont Bar Association at their mid-year meeting at the Hilton on March 21. The award is given annually to recognize an individual’s extraordinary efforts on behalf of the disadvantaged throughout Vermont.

Baird received the award for her work as a private attorney willing to take pro bono clients referred by Vermont Volunteers Lawyers Project and through the Burlington College Pro Se Legal Clinic. Nominated by several members of the legal community, including Angele Court of the VVLP and Chittenden County Probate Judge Susan Fowler, Baird is a lawyer, educator, and prominent civil rights activist. Fowler lauded Baird “as a strong advocate for the voiceless.”

For years, Baird has been providing free legal services to a diverse population of clients through the Burlington College Pro Se Legal Clinic.  She also serves at Burlington College as Chair of the Legal and Justice Studies Department at Burlington College, the Cuba Overseas Study Program, and the Institute for Civic Engagement.
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Topics: Awards, Legal and Justice Studies

Create Your Plan For Success

Posted by Julie Starr, Master's Program Coordinator

Mar 20, 2014 2:29:00 PM

Thinking of a graduate degree? Why not consider an individualized master of arts?


Explore Your Multi-Faceted Interests

An Individualized Masters offers you the chance to custom design your education to meet your unique academic and professional goals in a flexible and affordable way.  

Engage Your Enthusiasm
In a recent New York Times article on individualized master of arts programs, Suzanne Wofford said, “Students usually start the program with three or four varied interests and they often feel they don’t want to give up on one of their interests.” We believe that you do your best learning when you are passionate, engaged and committed.  That's why Burlington College has always enabled its students to create individualized majors unique to their own interests.

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Topics: Individualized Masters Program

Burlington College Only Private School to Offer Early College Program

Posted by Stephen St.Onge, Vice President and Dean of Academics

Mar 20, 2014 12:56:00 PM

Burlington College is proud to be the only private college selected to participate in Vermont's new Early College Program. With the help of the state's Flexible Pathways Initiative, we are now offering a full year of college to eligible high school seniors at ZERO cost! Better yet, you can save 20% on your tuition with us every year after that.

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Topics: Early College

A Jump Start: What to Know About Vermont's Early College Program

Posted by StaciAnne Grove, Marketing Coordinator

Mar 11, 2014 7:00:00 PM

Wouldn't it be nice to save money and get a head start on your college education? Talk about a weight off your shoulders. Believe it or not, it's easier than you think.

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Topics: Early College

Burlington College

Burlington College is a small, creative, private liberal arts institution located in Burlington, Vermont. Located on the shore of Lake Champlain, the College has been recognized as having the most free-spirited students in one of the healthiest states in the country.

The College offers Associate, Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees, as well as an Individualized Master’s degree program, and several professional certificate programs.

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