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Frequently Asked Questions

If your question does not appear in this list, please e-mail us at ap@uark.edu.

When can I register for the University of Arkansas Advanced Placement Summer Institute (APSI)?

Registration for the 2015 APSI will become available on November 17, 2014.

How do I register?

Registration is done through our website. A link to the form will be posted on November 17.

I have submitted my registration, but I need to make a change or cancel. How do I do this?

If you need to make any changes to your registration (e.g. change class, special requests, personal information) or cancel, you should submit an online changes and cancellations form. If you need to cancel your registration, you must do so by July 17, 2015. You will be responsible for the full payment if you do not cancel by this time.

Am I eligible for state funding?

Distribution of Arkansas funds to public school teachers will be based on a priority status system that the state sets-up each year. The ADE priority system is as follows:

1) Arkansas AP teachers from Focus or Priority Schools (as established by the Arkansas ESEA Flexibility Plan) never having attended an APSI or they attended more than 5 years ago

2) Arkansas AP teachers never having attended an APSI or they attended more than 5 years ago

3) Arkansas Pre-AP teachers from Focus or Priority Schools (as established by the Arkansas ESEA Flexibility Plan) never having attended an APSI or they attended more than 5 years ago

4) Arkansas Pre-AP teachers never having attended an APSI or they attended more than 5 years ago

5) Arkansas AP or Pre-AP teachers having attended an APSI within the last 5 years

March 1, 2015 will be used as the deadline for holding this money available for the five priorities listed above. If you have registered prior to March 1, we will contact you regarding your eligibility in early March. After March 1, any Arkansas AP or Pre-AP teachers at public high schools would be able to access any remaining funds, regardless of the school's status.

What if I have to miss part of the Institute?

The APSI week is intense and the consultants cover an enormous amount of material in a very short amount of time. The College Board and the Arkansas Department of Education require teachers to attend every session (all 30 hours of instruction) in order to be certified or to receive state funding. Teachers who have state funding and have to miss part of the institute will need to make arrangements to cover the costs.

How much does the Institute cost?

For 2015, the fee for those who will stay on campus is $700. For those who will stay off-campus and commute, the price is $550.

If I am not receiving state funding, what should I do?

If you are not receiving state funding, you should make arrangements to cover the costs of the institute. Your school district must create a purchase order. An invoice will be sent to your school. Please send all payments and purchase orders to: Donald W. Reynolds Center for Enterprise Development; Attn: Amy Giezentanner c/o APSI; 1 University of Arkansas - RCED 140; Fayetteville, AR 72701.

What should I bring with me to the Institute?

We recommend that each participating teacher brings the following items with them to the Institute: Linens for Extra Long Twin Sized Beds (80" mattresses)/Pillows/Towels (if you plan to stay on-campus in the Northwest Quad), Umbrella, Water Bottle, Tennis Shoes, Comfortable Clothing, Windbreaker (some classes get cold), and a Backpack. We also recommend that you read your class's course description to see if your consultant recommends that you bring any additional items. You can access these descriptions on the Course Listings page.

If I am a commuter and am not staying on-campus, how do I get to the Institute?

All commuters will park at the Harmon Avenue Parking Garage (146 N. Harmon Avenue; Fayetteville, AR 72701). The parking garage is located across the street from the Reynolds Center, where registration takes place Tuesday morning for commuters. The directions to the parking garage are as follows:

From the South: Take I-40 to I-49 North (exit 12). From I-49 North to MLK Blvd. Exit (exit 62). Turn right on MLK Blvd., heading east. The campus entrance is located at the corner of Razorback Road and MLK Blvd./Sixth Street. Turn left on Razorback, then right onto Leroy Pond Drive. You will pass Bud Walton Arena on your left. Turn left onto Clinton Drive, then take a left onto Harmon Avenue. The Harmon Avenue Parking Garage, where commuters park during the Institute, is located on the right.

From the North: After Bella Vista, take I-49 South all the way to Fayetteville. From I-49, exit MLK Blvd. (exit 62). Turn left on MLK Blvd., heading east. The campus entrance is located at the corner of Razorback Road and MLK Blvd./Sixth Street. Turn left on Razorback, then right on Leroy Pond Drive. You will pass Bud Walton Arena on your left. Turn left onto Clinton Drive, then take a left onto Harmon Avenue. The Harmon Avenue Parking Garage will be on your right.

From the East: Take Hwy 412 to I-49. See directions from north.

From the West: Take Hwy 412 east via Cherokee Turnpike from Tulsa, Oklahoma, to I-49 South. See directions from north.

If you plan to use a GPS, the official address for Harmon Avenue Parking Garage is 146 N. Harmon Avenue; Fayetteville, AR 72701. Also, please try to avoid entering Harmon Avenue Parking Garage from Dickson Street due to planned construction on Dickson between Harmon and Duncan Avenue.

Where will I be housed, if I choose to stay on campus?

If you stay on campus, you will live in the Northwest Quads. The rooms are suite style, which means that you will have a private room, but will share a bathroom with another participant and a living area with three other participants. The Quads are connected to parking lot 37, which is located at the corner of Garland and Cleveland. Please note: linens will not be provided, so be sure to bring your own!

Who will be teaching my course?

The APSI invites experienced, successful teachers who are certified by the College Board. You can read more about your course in the Course Listings section of the website.

Can I receive graduate credit hours through the Institute?

Yes, teachers attending the Institute have the option of applying for graduate credit for the work they complete in their course.  Participants who wish to pursue graduate credit must apply for admission to the University of Arkansas Graduate School and provide immunization records. Graduate School tuition and fees are paid by the student. For detailed information and registration instructions, please contact us at ap@uark.edu or 479-575-7677 no later than June 1, 2015.

 

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