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The College Search East is an exciting, 2-week residential opportunity that will help students with learning differences prepare for their college search.
What better place to do it than in the Boston area, the birthplace and hub of higher education, and at Curry College, the nation's first postsecondary college to formally welcome students with learning challenges?
Sponsored by the Program for Advancement of Learning (PAL) at Curry College, the College Search East is an innovative, interactive opportunity for rising seniors to:
College Search East is more than classroom activities. It is the opportunity to experience the college residential environment:
All activities will be supervised by residential life staff.
PAL 1180H - Summer PAL Hybrid (3 credits)
PAL 1180H is the online/hybrid version of PAL 1180 - Summer PAL and is an intensive learning experience for entering first year students or transfer students who have been accepted into the Program for Advancement of Learning (PAL). Through this immersion style course, students have the opportunity to develop an understanding of themselves as learners within the context of higher education. This understanding is based in PAL’s core learning outcomes: metacognition, self-regulation, active and engaged learn-ing, critical thinking and reasoning skills.
Working with a PAL faculty mentor and a small group of peers, students will construct strength based strategies for written communication, reading, listening, note-taking, critical thinking, problem-solving, personal goal setting, organization and team-work. Activities include: developing an individual learning profile, experimenting with assistive technologies, and experiencing the rich learning resources of the Curry College community. Student learning culminates with a learning portfolio. Student learning occurs in-person and through web-based platforms.
Some preliminary assessment tasks, requiring about 2- 3 hours to complete, will take place online during June or July. Students will need to set aside time each day to complete online assignments. This is an excellent opportunity to earn 3 college credits with the possibility of taking a lighter course load in the fall, as a way to gradually enter into the overall academic and social college experience.
TBD July 2019
Please check back later during the 2018-2019 academic year for Summer 2019 dates.
Students who fly into Logan Airport will be asked to arrange arrival and departure times so that residence life staff can meet them as a group for transport to Curry College. Please note that if flights are delayed or canceled, a back-up plan should be in place. Further details will be forthcoming upon acceptance to the program.
Requirements for Admission:
Please note that PAL is NOT designed for students whose overall cognitive ability is in the low average range or below, who demonstrate a significant need for social skills support or remediation, or who have a primary diagnosis of a disability other than a language-based learning disability and/or AD/HD.
How to Apply:
Tuition and Residence Fee:
Payment and Refund Policy:
Residence Life Staff
CSE Residence Life is modeled after the typical undergraduate residence life experience. Students will be supervised by a Resident Director and Resident Assistants (one per 10 students). Resident assistants are undergraduate college students themselves who are chosen based on maturity and recommendations.
Students will be housed in one of Curry's smaller residence halls. Rooms are standard doubles, so students will be assigned roommates. Three meals a day will be provided in the College dining marketplace. Any additional meals or snacks will be at the student's expense.
Rules and Policies
Students will have enforced curfews and are expected to be in their own rooms between midnight and 7:00 a.m. Students may not leave campus unless on supervised and approved College Search East activities. A strict drug and alcohol policy will be enforced. Upon acceptance to the program, students and parents will be expected to sign a form acknowledging that they have read and agree to the residential policies.
Important Note to Parents
Safety of your son or daughter is of utmost concern to us; however, personal safety is a joint venture. No system can guarantee protection without full cooperation of and assumption of responsibility by your son or daughter. Consequently, we ask that you carefully evaluate your son's or daughter's maturity level before encouraging participation in a residential program.