AUBURN UNIVERSITY – This summer, Auburn University’s College of Education began requiring all students in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching to take English as a Second Language-infused literacy classes.
“When a school system rapidly changes in terms of its language demographics, this can be very frustrating for teachers,” said Jamie Harrison, who specializes in teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, or English as a Second Language, in Auburn’s College of Education. “Requiring our pre-service teachers to develop the skills they will need before they go into the classroom demonstrates progressive thought and will make our graduates even more valuable.”
Nearby Opelika City Schools are seeing an influx of Latino students whose native language is Spanish, and Auburn’s schools are seeing lots of Korean students, whose families are here for the Kia-Hyundai industries along the I-85 corridor.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY — Auburn University’s Raymond J. Harbert College of Business will become the university’s first college to offer an online undergraduate program when its School of Accountancy opens its new Bachelor of Science offering this fall.
The program, designed for working professionals interested in pursuing careers in accounting, will be added to the college’s current online offerings, which consist of graduate-level degrees.
“Our online programs combine traditional instruction with modern technology delivery to offer educational opportunities to working professionals beyond Auburn’s campus,” School of Accountancy Director DeWayne Searcy said. “We are very pleased to be the first academic unit at Auburn to offer an online undergraduate degree and to pave the way for other programs to follow.”
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine will have a new residency in veterinary reproductive medicine for companion animals funded through a charitable gift from the American Kennel Club and the Theriogenology Foundation.
Auburn is one of three veterinary medical programs in the U.S. – and the only one in the South – to receive funding, which will enhance Auburn’s national reputation in theriogenology, or reproductive medicine, in both large and small animal medicine. The other recipients are the University of Pennsylvania and the University of California Davis.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY –Auburn University senior Mary-Catherine Anderson of Huntsville has been named a finalist for the Gates Cambridge Scholarship to do post-graduate work at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.
Anderson, a senior in cellular and microbial biology in Auburn’s College of Sciences and Mathematics, has a perfect 4.0 grade-point average and has conducted research under the direction of Mike Squillacote, an associate professor in the Department of Chemistry. She will graduate in May and, if awarded the scholarship, will pursue a master’s degree at Cambridge in biological anthropology with a focus on human development and epidemiology.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The Alabama Commission on Higher Education has approved an online master of turfgrass management program for Auburn University’s College of Agriculture. The program is designed for working professionals and offers 100 percent of its curriculum online.
The non-thesis graduate degree program will emphasize key areas of turfgrass management, including installation methods, breeding and development, insect and disease control and construction of specialty areas such as athletic fields and putting greens. The program will officially begin with the 2014 spring semester.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Online graduate programs in Auburn University’s College of Education, Raymond J. Harbert College of Business and Samuel Ginn College of Engineering are listed among the top programs nationally in the just released U.S. News and World Report’s 2014 Best Online Education Programs rankings.