Pioneer’s rigorous academic system provides the foundation for students’ creativity in solving global problems

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Posted at December 2

According to education reformer Sir Ken Robinson, addressing the complex problems of the modern world will require a generation of creative thinkers in all fields. “The challenges we currently face are without precedent,” he says.  “More people live on this planet now than at any other time in history…We’re facing an increasing strain on the world’s natural resources. Technology is advancing at a headlong rate of speed. This is really new, and we’re going to need every ounce of ingenuity, imagination, and creativity to confront these problems.①” Involving students in the search for solutions to authentic, 21st century problems inspires engagement and creativity, and will help set up students as creative problem solvers in a rapidly changing, connected world.  

At Pioneer, creativity is a prerequisite for the research students perform over 28 research areas. Adopting a problem-solving mindset is one way that students can generate ideas and ask original questions. Pioneer’s uni...more

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Pioneer Academics fuels and maps “student driven” learning

The Pioneer Research Program
Posted at October 27

Abdullah, a Pioneer scholar from the United States (Accounting, 2019), wasn’t quite sure what to expect when he embarked on research with Pioneer.  “Before Pioneer Academics, my idea of research was… being in person, like in a lab, mixing different chemicals,” he says. “So I was confused about how this program could work online.  My idea was that I would be helping the professor with whatever small tasks he had and needed help with.” 

He was surprised to find that “it was completely the opposite!”  Throughout the course of his experience in the Pioneer Research Program, he explains, “I was in the driver’s seat of my research paper. I was the one in control of what it was going to talk about, what it would research, what I would contain. The professor was really just there to guide me and help with whatever questions I had about how the research should be conducted.” 

In a self-directed learning environment like Pioneer Academics’, the responsibility for learnin...more

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College Admissions Lessons From Hamilton

Evelyn Jerome-Alexander, M.A., CEP Evelyn Jerome-Alexander, M.A., CEP
Posted at August 17

Have you ever thought about the lessons we can take from musical theatre?  It’s not just there for entertainment.  Here’s what we think you can learn about college admission from everyone’s favorite Broadway rap musical, Hamilton.

The Room Where It Happens

No one gets to be in the room where it happens – the college admission committee room.  No one really knows how the game is played, the art of the trade, how the sausage is made.

But we do know that every college admission team reviews thousands – tens of thousands – sometimes over a hundred thousand applications each cycle.  Individual admission counselors sometimes read fifty or sixty files a day!  For months!  And they don’t necessarily pluck students with the TOP grades and scores – because a computer could do that, and this is a personal process.  They choose students they like and who they can see contributing to their community.

So what does this mean to YOU, as you apply?  Here’s our ad...more

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Test-Optional College Admissions

Evelyn Jerome-Alexander, M.A., CEP Evelyn Jerome-Alexander, M.A., CEP
Posted at April 3

As things are moving quickly in the world of college admissions, we’re hearing a lot about colleges deciding to go test-optional, even if it’s just a temporary move.  What do colleges mean when they say they are test-optional, and who benefits from a test-optional admission process?

Why do colleges go test-optional?
Colleges decide to go test-optional for different reasons.  There are studies showing different data about what the SAT and ACT actually indicate, whether or not they correlate to students’ ability to succeed in college.  Additionally, some studies indicate that the tests discriminate against different types of students.   You may believe the tests show intelligence, and that a higher score means you’re smarter than someone who has a lower score, but that’s not necessarily how colleges interpret test scores.

When colleges announce a new test-optional policy, they may be attempting to level the playing field, to attract more students who don’t necessarily ...more

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APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO APRIL 15, 2020

Foundation for Teaching Economics
Posted at March 18

With the situation regarding COVID-19 changing hourly, we have changed application requirements and deadlines for our summer programs.

1) The deadline to apply to all FTE programs has been extended to April 15, 2020.

2) With schools closing nationwide, we understand that obtaining letters of recommendation and transcripts will be challenging. Effective immediately, we are waiving the application requirement for a letter of recommendation and high school transcripts.

 

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Coronavirus Throws Colleges A Curveball

Evelyn Jerome-Alexander, M.A., CEP Evelyn Jerome-Alexander, M.A., CEP
Posted at March 14

In between running to pick up your kids from what could have been their final day at school in person for the semester and dashing to the supermarket to grab the last package of TP, you might have a few questions about how coronavirus will impact your child’s college application process.

Hopefully this post will provide some answers.  Feel free to contact us if you have questions specific to your child’s college admission process.

Class of 2020

You’re probably right in the throes of receiving your college admission decisions.  Congrats!  A handful of colleges are still reviewing application files; most colleges have reviewed files remotely for years and can easily transition back to remote file review as they make their final admission decisions.  You’ll get your decisions soon!

However, if you didn’t visit all of the colleges to which you applied, and were planning to visit during spring break, you may find yourself in the strange position of having to make a decis...more

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FTE Summer Programs and COVID-19

Foundation for Teaching Economics
Posted at March 6

The Foundation for Teaching Economics (FTE) is closely monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19. FTE is in close contact with our campus partners. Based on current conditions, all programs are proceeding as planned. Should a campus closure require the cancellation of a program, full refunds of the program fee will be given. For participants who voluntarily withdraw, refunds will be made according to the FTE stated refund policy and schedule.

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Quick Webinar: Three College Admission Tips for Parents

Evelyn Jerome-Alexander, M.A., CEP Evelyn Jerome-Alexander, M.A., CEP
Posted at February 7

Happy to present our '3 College Admission Tips for Parents' webinar

  

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