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Announcements from Academic Affairs

Week of April 29, 2013

Apr 28, 2013, 08:36 pm - Carey Adams

Learning Commons Ribbon-Cutting Today!

One of the most anticipated events of the year -- right up there with the reopening of Gamble Hall -- is the completion of the new Learning Commons.  Don't miss the ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday, April 29, at 3:00 p.m.  

Graduate Student Hooding Ceremony Will Be Held Friday, May 3

A new tradition is being introduced this week with a university-wide graduate student hooding ceremony  this Friday, May 3, at 7:00 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom.

Spring Commencement is May 4

For complete information on commencement, see the Spring Commencement Ceremony Instructions.

Sign Up For e-Learning Faculty Status Course

To ensure that SACSCOC guidelines are met, and that no uncertified Armstrong faculty are assigned to teach a partly or fully online course after April 1st, 2014, the Office of Online and Blended Learning will begin accepting faculty enrollment requests in the four-module eLearning Faculty Status course. This course is required for all full-time and part-time faculty members who teach fully online or partially online and will provide the critical tools needed for state and federal compliance as well as the tools for producing the highest possible quality online and blended courses.

If you will be teaching a fully online or partially online course in the next year, click on the link below and fill in the brief survey with a choice of dates so we can register  you for an eLearning Faculty Status course. If you are planning to develop or teach a course in the near future, you are urged to complete the form soon so that the training can take place in time to benefit both you and your students.

If you have further questions about this course, visit the eLearning Faculty Status Course Web page or contact Dr. Dean Earlix ( or 4-2584). Once you have filled in the brief survey below, you will be contacted again with a choice of dates that you can take the course during the coming year. This step will not only ensure that Armstrong complies with SACSCOC requirements, but will help our online offerings match the quality students expect from all courses offered by our university.

Go to the eLearning Faculty Status Course Request,

Learn How Armstrong Can Make Best Use of CLEP Testing

You are invited to hear a presentation on Monday, April 29th, 12 pm, in Solms 108, by Suzanne McGurk, Senior Assessment Manager at The College Board, who will be speaking about College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) opportunities at Armstrong.  Our speaker will address and answer questions about:
CLEP basics
CLEP testing at Armstrong
Inside view of CLEP exams
How to determine appropriate credit awards
Benefits to institutions
Benefits to students
How to identify strong candidates
Test preparation for students