High school teachers and MSU faculty share academies to discuss core college expectations
Murray State University was awarded $200,000 in grant funds from the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education to implement activities to support Senate Bill 1 legislation. Grant funds brought 61 high school teachers and 24 MSU faculty members together for two Summer Academies to explore the transition from high school to college with the Kentucky Common Core Standards.
One goal of Senate Bill 1 is to increase the number of Kentucky high school students going to college and decrease the number of remedial courses students are required to take once they get to college. The standards were approved by Kentucky in February 2010 and are a requirement of Senate Bill 1, passed by the Kentucky General Assembly in 2009.
“The Summer Academies provided a space for high school teachers from the region and MSU faculty to discuss expectations for mathematics, writing, homework and many other common topics,” noted Dr. Renae Duncan, associate provost for undergraduate education and project director for the grant.
“I am pleased that we secured funding to provide this opportunity to make the transition to college more seamless and successful,” she continued. “I am also grateful to Dr. Bob Pervine, Debbie Bell, Lana Jennings, Dr. Renee Campoy and Linda Shaull for serving on the steering committee, and many other colleagues for the support and energy they have lent to this exciting project.”
One participant of the Summer Academy, Jennifer Tilden of Lyon County High School, noted, “The last two days were probably the most practical and useful we’ve spent. We loved actually meeting with college professors and hearing what they felt was most important for students to be able to do, what they are currently unable to do, and what we’re doing right.”
The schools represented at the Summer Academy I and Summer Academy II include Calloway, Crittenden, Dawson Springs, Fulton, Graves, Heath, Hopkins, Livingston, Lyon, Madisonville-North Hopkins, Marshall, McCracken, Murray, Paducah Tilghman, Trigg and Union.
The departments at MSU represented at the meetings include mathematics and statistics; English and philosophy; history; adolescent, career and special education; Teacher Quality Institute; and MSU Community College.
The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education is a statewide agency that coordinates change and improvement in Kentucky’s postsecondary education system as directed by the Kentucky Postsecondary Education Improvement Act of 1997.