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Building a College - Going Culture

3 Credits
This eye-opening, research-based course, utilizing standards from the American School Counselor Association, will explore college access and equity issues, along with the role of K-12 educators in promoting a college-going culture. Once the undisputed leader in college-going, the United States has now fallen behind several other nations in the percentage of young people who are enrolling in and completing higher education. Despite the American ideal of equal opportunity, access to college varies greatly depending on one's socio-economic background, ethnicity, and gender. The course will provide educators with insights and practical, proven strategies that can help motivate students and their families to prepare for, enroll in, and succeed in college. This course includes assignments requiring Internet access.

NOTE: Required textbook must be purchased separately.

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Dr. Allen Carden

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.