Friday, July 30, 2010

Ignatius Press teams with Angelicum Great Books to offer online college credit to teens

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Fr. Joseph Fessio, SJ – Chancellor.
Looking for an oustanding educational enrichment opportunity for your teen and have them earn college credit while studying the 'greats'? Ignatius Press and the  Angelicum Academy Great Books  program  have joined with cooperating colleges in the US, Australia, and Europe, to launch the Ignatius-Angelicum Liberal Studies Program (LSP), an online course of studies combining the best of home and distance learning with live, online classes.

According to their website:

  • Fidelity to the teaching of the Catholic Church is fundamental to the LSP program. Pope John Paul II's Apostolic Constitution on Catholic higher education, Ex Corde Ecclesiae, guides the LSP's Catholic mission.
  • LSP is accepted for college credit at Benedictine College (Atchinson, Kansas, USA); Campion College (Australia); St. Bede's Hall (Oxford, UK); Catholic Distance University, (online); and other colleges and universities.
  • LSP allows students to begin college-level and college-credit-earning studies while homeschooling or in Catholic school, as early as age 14 (or 9th grade)
  • 48 credit hours are offered at this time, with a continually growing list of schools accepting the credit
This is an outstanding opportunity for parents facing sending their children to a good Catholic university and the enormous obstacle the private tuition can be.  Imagine shortening the length of time needed to earn a bachelor's degree and lowering your costs while doing it!  I clicked on the link which indicated a pay schedule but it did not open.  At the Ignatius site, they do say:

The costs of the LSP are a small fraction of the expense of traditional college education. Tuition and fees at a private, four-year college average $26,273 per year — over $100,000 for a four-year degree. With a coordinated course of study through LSP and its affiliates in the Universities of Western Civilization network of cooperating colleges, students can obtain a bachelor's degree with an accredited college for as little as $26,600 — about a fourth of the cost of four years on campus.
Our son will not be entering college until 2016 and the Catholic university we have been looking at is currently $19,900 per year plus room and board.  This is definitely one program we'll be keeping a close eye on.


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