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Summer Ethics Academy offers high school students college credit, valuable learning experience
Tuesday, April 18, 2006

High school juniors who attend the Summer Ethics Academy at Columbia College have the opportunity to earn college credit at no cost while they explore ethical issues that are relevant to today’s society. The academy begins June 11 and ends July 1, 2006.

In addition to college credit, students who attend the academy and later enroll at Columbia College as freshmen also are eligible for a $500 scholarship.

Dr. Mark Price, assistant professor of philosophy, history and social sciences and facilitator of the program, says students attending the three-week academy will participate in seminar classes each day, examining and evaluating ethical issues and beliefs in areas such as business, health care, biomedicine and the environment.

Price said the academy also will feature guests from the community lecturing on moral issues confronted in their respective career fields.

"Ultimately, the Summer Ethics Academy will assist students to clearly articulate and defend the theoretical foundations for their ethical beliefs," Price said.

Students who attend the academy also will have the opportunity to taste college life in a highly supervised environment as they reside in residence halls on the Columbia College campus with full access to campus dining, fitness facilities and computer labs. A resident assistant will live with the students and serve as a dedicated liaison.

Students also will participate in weekend activities such as hikes and picnics at Rock Bridge Memorial State Park and the scenic Katy Trail, as well as visits to museums and the Ellis Library on the University of Missouri-Columbia campus.

The academy and all affiliated costs such as room, board and recreational activities are offered at no cost to participants through funding provided in part by a grant from Higher Education and Leadership Ministries through the Disciples of Christ.

To apply for the Summer Ethics Academy, students should complete the one-page application form and submit it with high school transcripts and a short letter of interest in the program and the study of ethics, as well as two letters of recommendation, to Dr. Mark L. Price, Summer Ethics Academy, Columbia College, 1001 Rogers St., Columbia, MO 65216.

For more information, please contact Price at (573) 875-7538 or